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The Beginning Of the End

The Enemy is our closest friend

And our best teacher in the end.

 

[Cut back to L!GHTS OUT #4, in Pico Rivera, California... A lone spotlight scouring through the crowd in the bullring to reveal The Outliers in the masses. The duo crowd surf their way down to ringside, wearing a shark fin and mask. A quick cut then reveals The Outliers being interrupted by the arrival of Kimitsu and Aokigahara Zombie, better known as the final AWE Tag Team Champions, Ketsuekigata Z, accepting a one-off challenge at Battle of Los Angeles. Switch gears to show highlights of their epic PPV bout, with The Outliers becoming the ultimate victors. A final shot shows both teams showing a sign of respect by celebrating together.

 

We cherish them for challenges made

And save them so our strength won't fade.

 

[Fade into the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana for the Fallout PPV... A highlight compilation shows the brutal Falls Count Anywhere Main Event match between the first Union Battleground Champion in the Axel Graves Era Tweeder and challenger Dick Devereaux. The onslaught affair between these two bloodthirsty warriors didn't even reach the inside of the ring, as the battle took place ringside, in the crowd, and high into the heavens. Each competitors is shown with their signature weapons, Tweeder with his weedwacker, and Devereaux with his barbwire bat. Fade further into the match that shows the two bloodied combatants free falling from the second section of the arena and crashing into a bridge of glass panes rested on two sets of double stacked tables, and then a shot of a massacred Dick Devereaux with his hand held high with the Union Battleground Championship draped over his shoulder. A final shot of Tweeder and Devereaux showing a sign of respect to each other as the crowd chants "Thank You Tweeder -- Thank You Devereaux" over and over again.]

 

We love them to death, and hate them the same.

For some, our enemy is the best part of the game.

 

[Revert back to The Forum in Inglewood, California at the Battle of Los Angeles PPV. A highlight compilation between Emery Layton and Sakaguchi Kyoshi shows some of the big spots during the match. A shot is shown of Layton holding the newly minted Trench War Championship above her head as she celebrates her victory. Then a quick cut montage shows various defenses of hers; from Desmond Masters at L!GHTS OUT #6, to Hannah Kristiansen at Fallout, to Aria Price at Seattle Pro Wrestling's Conflict 2017, to Xion Ben-Judah at L!GHTS OUT #16... All ending the same, with the famous top rope cutter known as The Prikasa.]

 

And we pamper them while shaking their hand.

Then turn around and ravage their land.

 

[Switch gears to the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee at Guerrilla Warfare. We see the final combatants during the Guerrilla Warfare match as Nemesis, Xion Ben-Judah, and Jove Belane are battling back and forth. We see XBJ hitting Nemesis with his signature Gory Neckbreaker he dubs The Golgotha, then before XBJ can seize the opportunity, Jove Belane drills XBJ with the taekwondo 540 crescent kick he calls The Storm. Belane makes the quick cover on XBJ, eliminating the protégé of Azrael Kahn, then immediately going to cover Nemesis.  Before the referee can make the three count and finish the Guerrilla Warfare, Belane is pulled off of Nemesis by Sinister. A shift in scene shows Belane taking the GTS then Sinister propping him up for the Kinsasha, a combo move that Nemesis titles Enoch. Nemesis makes the cover, and "earns" the victory of Guerrilla Warfare with help from his follower. Switch gears to show the reigning champion Dick Devereaux inside the ring, and Nemesis awaiting his answer to join Salvation. Devereaux smears the blood of the fallen Jove Belane, and smacks himself in the head to give himself his signature hand print, signifying his alliance with the terror group. Then sudden, Devereaux demolishes Nemesis with a Pipe Bomb, then flatlined Sinister with a Homing Missle, revealing his true intentions to stand against the demigod faction.]

 

Bound by the blood of each others men;

Brothers in battle, and with ale at the inn.

 

[A compilation montage shows some of the various attacks that Salvation has done since their incarnation. From the crucifixion at Fallout, to the ambush attack of Anton Chase and manager Chris Wood, to the attacks of Beautiful Storm, to the hostage of Kuk Killswitch, to finally... The burning at the stake and sacrifice of Salvation member Kreature.]

 

We save their lives so that when battle is won

The game continues until the final one.

 

[Cut to the DC Armory in Washington, DC for L!GHTS OUT #16. We see the finals moments of the semifinals Battalion Championships match between Salvation's Camila Martinez and Sinister against The Foring Squad's Noah Reigner and Rumble Reyes. Just as things looked like Salvation we're going to steal the win, Union Battleground Champion Dick Devereaux interferes and demolishes everyone, and costs Salvation the match. Afterwards, Devereaux kidnaps Camila and exits to the back. Fade into the parking lot of the DC Armory where Devereaux holds Camila and is surrounded by fans, security, and Battleground officials. The bait gets hooked as Nemesis appears, and Devereaux delivers a thrashing to his Coupnde Grâce opponent. The final scene shows a bloodied Nemesis with a maniacal grin as Devereaux looks on... Ready for War!]

[We transition away from the fading opening montage to a pitch black Capital One Arena in Washington D.C. The crowd is at a steady rumble with various chants and cheers and the broadcasters are silent with anticipation. Cell phones and lighters flicker throughout the arena to the point faint silhouettes of the ring and stage can be seen. Then finally, a deep steady drum roll begins to fill the arena. The crowd grows in excitement as certain notes are highlighted with a strobe light. As the beat picks up in tempo, the strobe begins to continuously illuminate the arena.]

[With the thunderous explosion of pyrotechnics, the crowd is in pandemonium! Smoke rolls through the atmosphere as camera angles shift through the crowd, pointing out some of the best signs.]

[As Luke Knux and the Scumbag Society finish shredding away, the fireworks begin to come to an end and we transition over to the broadcast table.]

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Ladies and Gentlemen, we are live here at the newly renamed Capital One Arena in the nation's capital Washington D.C. in front of a sold out crowd of 18, 277! I am your host "The Doctor" Dante Reed and alongside me is none other than the cold sore of commentary, "Diamond" Dick Thrasher!

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - Wow, Dante... Man's got jokes!

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Hey, DDT, it's the final show of the season, I'm pulling out all the stops! Folks, when we began this journey back on January 4th, we have witnessed some of the greatest talent this business has to offer step inside the Battleground! We watched the crowning of two new champions in a single night, watched as our top prize change hands in a brutal Falls Count Anywhere affair, the debut and exponential growth of the Battleground Network, and saw twenty of the Battleground's best battle it out for a shot at headlining tonight's Coup de Grâce Main Event!

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - It's funny you mention that, Dante. Tonight we will see the Guerrilla Warfare winner Nemesis get his shot at Dick Devereaux's Union Battleground Championship. But I have to say, I'm not sure he's the single greatest contender. If you remember correctly, as the old song goes, he got by with a little help from his friends! You have to wonder if the same will happen tonight!

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - It's a distinct possibility, they swarm like a pack of wolves. However, the other members of Salvation may have their sights set on something else. If you recall, they came just short of competing here tonight to crown the Battleground's first Battalion Champions. Plus, Camila Martinez has an opportunity for a shot at the Trench War Championship when she battles three other competitors in what Axel Graves has dubbed a "Battle in the Bunker" match.

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - That's true. I'm excited to see that clash. We got Mila, Trixie, Isaiah Elliott, and newcomer Axton Pierce all in one ring who will duke it out for a future shot at the Trench War Championship. And since we're on the subject of the Trench War Title, the reigning champion Emery Layton will defend her crown against Kimitsu Zombie! That's got the potential to be a real fire fight!

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - No doubt, Layton has proved her point in making the Trench War Championship the "fighter's championship", successfully defending it not only in the Battleground, but on foreign territory as well!

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - I can't think of a better opponent for the "fighter's championship" than Little Yokai. Since her official Union Battleground debut at L!GHTS OUT #9 after the Fallout PPV, she has fought in every show! She never backs down from a challenge, and has successfully defeated all of her opponents except for rising stars Xion Ben-Judah and Jove Belane!

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Speaking of which, Xion Ben-Judah and Jove Belane are set to battle each other in what is being described as XBJ's tribute to his fallen mentor, Azrael Kahn.

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - These two have had some encounters with each other within the last few months. It all started when Belane and Azrael squared off in the main event at L!GHTS OUT #9. Both sat at 2-0 and were rocketing up the rankings with impressive victories. Jove Belane won the bout with his devastating crescent kick, The Storm. From that, Azrael declared that the kick brought back a lot of forgotten memories, and dropped a bomb shell proclaiming his ties with a covert government operation. Sadly, Azrael passed on by unknown circumstances, but before he did he revealed his protégé Xion Ben-Judah to Union Battleground. And XBJ has done his mentor proud by chalking up an impressive undefeated streak that was just recently broke by Emery Layton. XBJ and Belane met in the ring for the first time during the Guerrilla Warfare match, with Belane ultimately eliminating Ben-Judah as they were the final three left in the match. So now, all of that build up leads us to here, tonight, where XBJ has his chance to earn a little redemption for himself and his mentor!

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - And we've got more in store as well, with the culmination of Crowbar and Malcolm Dred-King. Two pioneers in Warped Wrestling will finally settle the score in an FnX match with Warped founder Patrick Kay Anthony as the special guest referee!

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - I'm looking forward to this match! Two ruthless warriors given the green light to do whatever it takes to earn the victory. And the cherry on top having PKA officiate the entire thing is just phenomenal! This match will really hype up the Warped Reunion Show too!

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - From there, we will finally crown the Battleground's first Battalion Champions when The Outliers take on The Firing Squad!

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - These two teams are the toughest around. What they went through to get to this point is quite remarkable. The Outliers bested XWA Tag Team Champions Layton & Fenric in the semifinals, while The Firing Squad took down Salvation!

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - I have to speculate that The Firing Squad may be at a disadvantage because you have to believe they will be looking over their shoulders for Salvation.

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - Salvation are a terrorizing group, and they don't forget. If someone gets the upper hand on them, they won't stop until they've been dealt with. As you eluded to a minute ago, Camila is focused on her chance for a Trench War Title shot, but Sinister will more than likely be on the prowl!

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - And finally, our kickoff matchup is between two foes who began their rivalry in another promotion and has spilled over to the Battleground. Izumi Sato and Kira Izumi will slug it out in a best of three match, and it begins right now! ... Mike, take it away!

IZumi Sato vs Kira Izumi

Mike "Drop" Dempsy - Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to Union Battleground's Coup de Grâce! The following contest is a best of three match! Introducing first, standing 5'2" and weighing in at 116 pounds, from Kyoto, Japan, she is "The Pure Heart Warrior" Izumi Sato!

 

"FLYING LIGHT" BY YASUHARU TAKANASHI BEGINS TO PLAY

 

[A dragon roars, leading straight into "Flying Light" by Yasuharu Takanashi as white and hot pink lights flash to the beat of the tune. The curtains then part, as the "Pure Heart Warrior" Izumi "Dragon" Sato steps out, donning a short-sleeved white "Dragon Sato" t-shirt over her usual ring gear. There she steps to the right side of the aisleway down, launching her left arm up and out while slapping a hand to her heart twice in rapid succession.]

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Well, Dick... Here comes Izumi Sato. You gotta give it to her, she definitely has that dragon mentality.

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - You're right about that, Dante. She has been brutalized and humiliated by her upcoming opponent, but she keeps coming back for more. I just don't know how much more she can withstand.

 

[Then she turns and walks to the crowd on the left side of the aisle, forming a heart with her fingers, a huge smile on her lips before she marches down the aisle, slapping as many hands as she can before arriving at ringside. There she ascends the ringsteps and slips through the ropes, immediately going to her corner for final preparations before pulling her t-shirt off revealing her outfit of choice for the night.]

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Sato has been a completely different fighter since entering the Battleground. The psychological effects from her longtime rival has taken its toll on her.

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - One hundred percent. She has yet to pick up a victory in Union Battleground, going 0 for 5, but like you said, she doesn't know the word "quit", especially when it comes to Kira Izumi!

 

Mike "Drop" Dempsy - And her opponent, standing 6' even and weighing in at 200 pounds, from Shinhidaka, Hokkaido, Japan, "The Prince of Darkness" Kira Izumi!

 

SABITA KUSARI NIJIMU NAMIDA TO

NAGEKI AGEMASHOU JIYUU WO

KOBAMU ASHI WO HIROGE

KANJITA ZAIAKU, GANBOU, YOWASA, KURUINAKU

 

[The lights get dark as we hear the opening riffs and words to Mama by Sukekiyo being played. A red light pulsates as we see Kira start to creep out from the back. He has his FIW World Tag Team championship and MFHS Tag Team Horrorwieght championships around his neck. He has his MFHS Horrorweight championship. He has his All-Star Tag team Championship hooked onto the other. He has his All Star Champion of Champions Championship wrapped around his waist and his AWF Prestige Class Championship wrapped around his waist above that one.]

 

[He walks down the ramp glaring at fans and at his opponent.He walks around the Arena before he jumps onto the barricade and stares and intimidates the nearby fans before jumping down and walks up the steps and slaps the apron before jumping over the ropes and climbing to all four corners of the ring.]

 

[He hops down before banging his head on the top turnbuckle ten times and pulling his head back to a bridge on the mat while simultaneously spitting out blood mist.He rolls over to all fours before creeping into a sitting position into his corner.]

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - This is a two out of three falls match folks, and no disqualification! If Izumi loses, she must succumb to the Darkness!

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - Yeah and if Kira loses he’ll have to unmask! You just gotta wonder Dante, How ugly is he without his mask on?

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Well Dick, i don’t know, but we might find out tonight! Let’s get back to the action at hand! Both fighters are in their respective corners, and our official for this match Joe Murray is calling for the bell! This match is underway!

 

[DING!]

 

[We cut back to the action as the bell rings and Izumi squares up towards her opponent. Kira squares up too,but slides out of the ring before anything happens. Izumi starts to look frustrated and taunts him to come back in the ring. Kira slides back into the ring and they both square up again. But again Kira slides out and taunts Izumi. Kira starts to walk around the ring and adjusts his mask.]

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Some of you fans may have noticed that Kirito, Kira’s wife and manager isn’t here tonight. That's because they recently had a baby earlier this month.

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - Can you imagine what that was like Dante?

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - What do you mean Dick?

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - Oh never mind. OH MY GOD LOOK AT WHAT IZUMI’S DOING!

 

[Indeed look, Izumi Sato is seen diving out of the ring and straight into Kira with a suicide dive. They both come crashing down onto the mat now. The crowd erupts into cheers from this high risk move as they both get up after a few seconds laying on the ground. Kira and Izumi start to throw strikes at each other now.]

 

[Kira with a punch to Izumi’s face, Izumi with a punch to Kira’s gut. Kira hits a knee and so does Izumi. This goes on for a few more fast paced blows before Kira grabs Izumi’s head and begins to unleash a barrage of stiff knees to Izumi’s face. She falls onto one knee as Kira backs up to the guardrail behind him. He begins to run and hit Izumi in the face with a stiff Final knee strike.]

 

[The camera zooms in on Izumi’s face and we see her bleeding from her nose. Blood just pouring all over the mat outside. Kira quickly throws her into the ring and rolls her up for a pin attempt. He only gets a 1 before Izumi kicks out with authority. Kira looks at her with anger in his eyes now. He comes down on top of her. He starts throwing elbows and knees into her head and body before Izumi catches an elbow and rolls Kira over into a cross armbar.]

 

[She holds it there for a few minutes before Kira gets her shoulders on the mat for a pin attempt. He only gets a 2 this time. They both stand to their feet and square up again. This time locking up shortly afterwards. Kira throws a knee to Izumi’s midsection and gains an advantage. He has her in a headlock before irish whipping her out of the ring. She lands hard on the mat. We see Kira running towards her direction before flipping over the ropes. Izumi is standing up on the opposite side now as Kira comes charging at her with his patent Welcome To Aokigahara shining wizard move off the apron. Both crash hard, but Kira gets up first. He throws Izumi into the guard rails and backs up to the opposite side.]

 

[Kira comes running again and goes for a crossbody onto Izumi. Izumi ducks or just falls, but whatever it is it works and it works good! Kira comes crashing into the crowd as Izumi now takes her turn and runs to the opposite side of the ring. She runs full force towards Kira and hits him with a tope gon hiro into the crowd.]

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Oh my god! Do you see what these athletes are doing Dick?

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - How can’t I, Dante? This has been fast paced so far! And I don’t see these two rivals slowing down anytime soon!

 

[We cut back to the action and Izumi has Kira in the ring now. Izumi picks up Kira and irish whips him into the ropes. Kira bounces back towards her as she leapfrogs over him. He comes back and she ducks over him this time. Now after a few more back and forths Izumi comes charging towards an already speeding Kira Izumi and hits her signature Bullet Rush spear with authority! She quickly gets on top of him for a pin attempt and gets a 2 and a half.]

 

[Both are lying on the ground now. Motionless, almost in a dead like state now. The referee starts to count as the two lay on the mat still, Both breathing heavy.]

 

[Izumi is the first one to get up. Followed shortly by Kira. They go at it again with strikes. Izumi spins Kira around and hits a snap waist lock takedown on Kira. She doesn’t let go and picks him up to go for a german suplex. Kira lands on his feet and charges at Izumi with an elbow drop to her chest.]

 

[He picks her up again and throws her outside of the ring. He goes out to the other side and gets a table. Izumi still laying on the outside, Kira places the table adjacent to the corner of the ring. Izumi comes back in and Kira charges her with a big boot, dropping her on the ground. He gets her up onto the top rope and makes a cut throat motion.]

 

[Kira picks her up like he’s about to powerbomb her. But she tries to reverse it with a hurricarana. Kira isn’t having that though. He holds onto her legs and has her in position for a move he’s only used once before. Never this high though Never standing on the top rope. The table lays there infront of them and i think you can put two and two together now.]

 

[Kira drops Izumi Sato damn near neck first with his Ryoujoku no Ame Kawada Driver finisher! Izumi goes head and neck first through the table and looks as if she is damn near dead. Kira drops an arm over Izumi and goes for the pin.]

 

... One!

 

... Two!

 

... Three!

 

[Kira has the first fall. Both lay on the ground though. Breathing heavily. The ref begins to count but after a few seconds both get life in them again. They both sit up on their knees now. Staring each other in the eyes. Kira starts to yell at Izumi and Izumi screams back. Kira starts to chop her in the chest making her clench a bit. Izumi isn’t so easy to fall though and hits a chop of her own. We can hear it from the cheap seats it was so loud and hard. They go back and forth and succeed in a rapid barrage of chops to each other.]

 

[Both stay on their knees and start to throw forearms at each other now. The strikes seem to not faze either of them though as they get to their feet. Izumi throws kira hard, causing him to go out of the ring. She goes to chase after him but he’s nowhere to be seen.]

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - Where the hell did he go Dante?

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Look he’s in the ring with… with a bag of sorts in his hand!

 

[Indeed he is. Kira is urging Izumi to come into the ring. He has a sadistic look on his face with his never fading grin etched onto his mask. Izumi is wary with good reason, but succumbs and gets back into the ring. Kira opens up the bag he has and reveals he has thumbtacks in it! He lets a few pour on the ground around him but catches a handful and charges at Izumi.]

 

[She grabs his hand and tries to fight him off. Kira’s mask is open too, revealing his mouth. Izumi gets his hand and in a scuffle the tacks get in Kira’s mouth! Izumi decides to use this to cause more pain and damage to her rival desperate to get a fall herself now. She hits Kira with a super kick to his mouth full of thumbtacks!]

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - OH MY GOD!

 

[Kira drops to the mat and is heard with muffled screams as he claws at his mouth ripping out thumbtacks from his mouth, lips, gums and tongue. Blood is starting to get everywhere now. Before Kira can gain much, if any recovery Izumi Sato picks him up and irish whips him into the ropes. He bounces back and she hits him with her BUSHIDO! Judo style throw onto the thumbtack pile previously scattered. She quickly covers him and…]

 

... One!

 

... Two!

 

... Three!

 

[Izumi Sato gets her first fall! The next fall wins the match. After a while Kira gets up and so does Izumi. Kira starts to throw some punches and kicks her way, but both are exhausted by this point. Kira irish whips Izumi into the corner and begins to taunt her and the fans. This gives her time to recover and she charges him. He see’s this and drops her with a drop toe hold into the bottom turnbuckle. He picks her up quickly and hits an sto face first into the middle turnbuckle. He picks her up yet again and sits her onto the top rope.]

 

[Kira climbs up there too. He picks her up and stands on top of the top turnbuckle. He has Izumi in a brainbuster position and drops her from the top rope onto the mat! He rolls over and goes for a cover.]

 

... One!

 

... Two!

 

... Three!

 

 

... NO! Izumi’s foot landed on the ropes from the impact!

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - Izumi is still in this because her foot bounced off the mat and landed on the ropes!

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - This has been insane! Is there nothing these two won’t do to win!?

 

[Kira is furious now. He starts cussing out the ref, but directs his frustrations towards Izumi again. Kira picks her up and goes for his Izumi Special armbar, but Izumi has been in this situation too many times this past year fighting this man, no this monster that’s been terrorizing her for almost an entire year. She grabs his arm and spins around and gets in position for her Dragon Vice submission.]

 

[She has Kira in the middle of the ring. Kira is kicking and screaming but to no avail. It only makes Izumi squeeze harder on the choke. After a few minutes Kira is motionless! The referee lifts his arm.]

 

... One!

 

[He lifts again.]

 

... Two!

 

[The ref lifts his hand once more as the crowd is growing with anticipation!]

 

... Three!

 

[DING DING DING!]

Mike "Drop" Dempsey - Here is your winner, Izumi Sato!

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - She did it! Izumi wins! Izumi actually wins the match! That means… Oh no we have to see Kira unmask now!

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - That’s right Dick! Kira lost the match! He’s gotta unmask!

 

[We cut to the crowd, some cheering some crying and everyone buzzing about what they just saw. Izumi is still in the ring and is standing leaning on the ropes. After a minute or two Kira comes to with the help of the referee. The ref tells him the results and the look on his face tells it all. He’s somewhat heartbroken, somewhat relieved. He starts to unzip zippers and unfasten buttons. After another few seconds he gets it off and he slowly removes the cool black leather. He holds it in his hands, lowering it from his face. Revealing his true face. He stares at the leather mask. Motionless. It drops to the ground, yet still he doesn’t move.]

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - I can't believe it!

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - A man without a face! He's without his supernatural dark powers now!

 

[Izumi is now out of the ring celebrating with the fans. Kira is still standing. Murmuring something to himself. He drops to his knees and is in a praying position now. Tears start to roll down his cheeks as he begins to smile. After a few moments, the ref helps him out, leaving the mask behind in the ring.]

GO hOMe

[As the crowd continues to cheer for Izumi Sato's triumphant victory over her longtime rival, we switch gears to the office of Axel Graves. However, Mr. Graves is not present, but the office is occupied by Camila Martinez, Trixie, Isaiah Elliott, and Axton Pierce. All four are currently seated around Axel's office shooting off revolting glares. Suddenly the door opens up, and it's none other than Axel Graves himself. He grins as he walks around to his desk chair and sees the opponents of the next match fighting the urge to get things started early.]

 

Axel Graves - Good evening ladies and gentlemen, how are we all doing today?

 

[Not a word is spoken but the expression on each individual's face can be read loud and clear.]

 

Axel Graves - Right... Well I guess you all know by now I'm not one for small talk. You're probably wondering why you're all here in my office right now.

 

[Tensions ease, but only slightly.]

 

Axel Graves - Well, the reason is, is that I wanted to give you all a little pep talk before your big opportunity. I have seen some great things from all of you, and I believe that you all deserve an opportunity to really make a name for yourselves here in the Battleground. You four sitting here are the definition of a fighter. In my years of being in and around this business, I have learned that a true fighter isn't necessarily someone who wins all the time... No, a true fighter is someone who gets back up and dusts themselves off after they've been knocked down. A true fighter is someone who never gives up, no matter the level of adversity they face.

 

[Axel pauses for a moment to let his words sink in. Each competitor in the office begins to feed off his words and hype themselves up a little more.]

 

Axel Graves - You all didn't take your ball and go home. You didn't come in here, hype yourself up only to lose a couple matches and then run off to some "regional promotional coalition" to be a big fish in a small pond... No, you all stuck through it and clawed your way to this moment.

 

[Axel stops again and focuses his attention on Trixie.]

 

Axel Graves - Trixie, you are one of the originals of Union Battleground. You came in here and in your first match, faced the eventual winner of the Union Battleground Championship Tournament. But did that deter you? No! In fact, you became a leader in this locker room. You took in several rookies who would have crumbled under the pressure, and you helped them reach their potential. Hell you even took Tornado under you wing and helped build the Battalion Division to what it is right now! And probably most importantly, you settled the score with a longtime rival of yours with Anton Chase.

 

[Trixie gives off a smirk after hearing her accomplishments in the Battleground.]

 

Axel Graves - And speaking of The Wrestling God, Axton, you came in here in your debut match and rallied to an upset over the veteran! That's why you're in this match-up, I see a ton of potential in you... And I may be throwing you in the fire too quickly, but I want to see what "The Bruiser from the Pool" is made of!

 

[Axton pounds his chest as to show a sign of respect.]

 

Axel Graves - Camila... You came in here on a tear, and now you're a part of a group that's mowing the competition down. You were just one win away to be fighting for the Battalion Titles, but as the nucleus of Salvation, you are the reason for the rise of Salvation.

 

[Camila nods in an arrogant manner while Axel gives her a leery look of suspect.]

 

Axel Graves - And you, Isaiah... You remind me a lot of myself, except you seem to have a better head in your shoulders. A family man just trying to fulfill his dreams. You've dedicated your time in the Battleground to your family in part of the sacrifices you've had to make. You're on the cusp of doing big things, and for that reason, I put you in this "Battle in the Bunker" match to make your wife and kids proud.

 

[Isaiah humbly nods as he hears Axel's assessment of himself.]

 

Axel Graves - So, ladies... gentlemen... Go out there and put on a show! And don't make me regret this!

XiOn Ben-judah vs JOve beLane

Mike “Drop” Dempsey – The following contest is scheduled for one fall! Introducing first, standing 6'4" and weighing in at 220 pounds, from Tel Aviv, Israel, Xion Ben-Judah!

 

[All the lights in the arena collapse into darkness and the violin rock intro to Skillet’s hit “Not Gonna Die” begins to echo throughout, much to the approval of the resident crowd. A spotlight shines on the entrance stage and Xion Ben-Judah stands in the middle of it, dressed in black and white including a matching sleeveless coat. He outstretches his arms and looks up into the unknown as the first lyrics of his chosen theme song echo in the arena.]

 

DEATH SURROUNDS MY HEARTBEAT’S SLOWING DOWN

I WON’T TAKE THIS WORLD’S ABUSE

I WON’T GIVE UP, I REFUSE!

 

[Xion looks stoically ahead as he is about to head down the ramp when the spotlight on him goes out and the arena goes pitch black minus a few cell phones fans hold up for light and flashes from cameras.]

 

“The Doctor” Dante Reed – What the hell is going on here?

 

“Diamond” Dick Thrasher – Beats me Dante!

 

[Suddenly the spotlight flickers back on for a moment and standing behind XBJ is a bearded man who has his own arms outstretched now and his head tilted backwards looking up towards the sky.]

 

“The Doctor” Dante Reed – Is that….

 

[While XBJ looks around confused, he finally turns around to face the man who immediately delivers a vicious clothesline and begins stomping away at Xion Ben-Judah relentlessly.]

 

“The Doctor” Dante Reed – That’s Alexander Devin of Skyfire Wrestling but what in the hell is he doing here!?!

 

[Devin now brings XBJ to his feet, looks him in the eyes, smiles and proceeds to hit XBJ with a Swinging Reverse STO onto the ramp that busts XBJ’s head wide open instantly! Devin stays seated for a moment after delivering the move, then gets up, bringing a bloodied XBJ to his feet with him.]

 

“The Doctor” Dante Reed – Why is Alexander Devin here and targeting Xion Ben-Judah?

 

“Diamond” Dick Thrasher – You’re asking the wrong guy Dante!

 

[Devin walks XBJ over to the side of the ramp and looks over it where the camera shows an empty garbage dumpster bin not too far off from the edge by a little production area. Devin then wraps his arm around the chest of XBJ and looks around for a moment.]

 

“The Doctor” Dante Reed – He’s not going to toss him all the way into the garbage dumpster is he??

 

[As if on cue, Devin then lifts XBJ up and throws him off of the side of the ramp about ten feet down into a hard metal garbage dumpster that echoes a loud, sick thud throughout the arena.]

 

“Diamond” Dick Thrasher – Guess you called it Dante!

 

“The Doctor” Dante Reed – My god! What a sick sounding landing that was!

 

[Just then from the back emerges Nemesis with Sinister by his side.]

 

“The Doctor” Dante Reed – What in the hell are these two out here for now?

 

[Nemesis and Sinister walk up to Devin with Nemesis putting his hand on Devin’s shoulder and the two then shaking hands with Nemesis grinning wide and with evil intentions written all over his face as the cameras audio picks up Nemesis speaking to Devin.]

 

Nemesis - Good job Alexander…welcome to our family!

 

[Sinister also welcomes Devin as the boos begin to pour in. The three then turn to walk away but Nemesis stops, turns around and walks back to the edge of the ramp with Devin and Sinister now standing side by side after they too turned around. Nemesis again smiles, raises his hand and like we saw him do so many weeks ago to Kreature, snaps his middle finger and thumb together causing the interior of the garbage dumpster XBJ is currently lying in to become engulfed in flames.]

 

“The Doctor” Dante Reed – These lunatics have done it again! Quick! Get EMTs and support out here! This is absolute insanity! These guys have no remorse or care for human life!

 

[Nemesis, Devin and Sinister smile and laugh while watching the flames, then proceed to turn around and head to the back as arena employees and Union Battleground staff get to the dumpster and multiple employees begin firing off extinguishers into the dumpster as we quickly cut to a series one recap promo to get away from the carnage as a hushed crowd looking on is the last image we see before the promo kicks in.]

BattLe in the bunKer

Mike “Drop” Dempsey - The following contest is scheduled for one fall, and it is a "Battle in the Bunker" match to determine the number one contender for the Trench War Championship! Introducing first, from Liverpool, England, standing 6'1" and weighing in at 190 pounds, “The Bruiser from the Pool” Axton Pierce!

 

IF YOU THOUGHT YOU KNEW IT ALL

DON'T SHIFT YOUR VIEW, YOU MIGHT SLIP AND FALL

 

[A few seconds into Citizen by Northlane, and out from the back comes Axton Pierce. Standing on the stage, he breathes in the atmosphere of the crowd, he wipes his hand down his face, then proceeds to walk towards the ring.]

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Coming out first we have the newest competitor in Union Battleground, Axton Pierce. He's got just one match under his belt in the Battleground, but it seemed to be enough for Owner and Promoter Axel Graves to put him in this bout.

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - You gotta admit it was an impressive victory for his Battleground debut, defeating the multiple time champion, "The Wrestling God" Anton Chase. Axton Pierce was a major underdog in that fight, as he is here, but you have to believe there's something about him that makes you think he can take this one home!

 

[Walking to one side of the ring, he climbs atop the apron and into the ring. He walks towards the nearest corner and climbs onto the turnbuckles, standing tall while looking out at the crowd. He lifts his arm, connecting the thumb and index finger into a circle, and holding the other fingers relaxed in the air. He comes down, as the music fades and awaits the ringing of the bell.]

 

Mike "Drop" Dempsey - And now, from Asheville, North Carolina, standing 6'2" and weighing in at 196 pounds, he is Isaiah Elliott!

 

TURN BACK ON THE BROKEN-HEARTED

SOME THINGS ARE JUST MEANT TO BE

I STILL BELIEVE THAT WE GOT A CHANCE

I STILL BELIEVE THAT WE GOT A CHANCE, TO BE

 

[‘100 In A 55’ by Pop Evil begins to play over the PA system. The curtain moves aside and out steps Isaiah Elliott. He looks around to the fans in attendance, a smile on his face. He walks down to the ring, high fiving fans as he passes. He reaches the ring and rolls under the bottom rope. He moves to his corner and lows his head as he gets his body loose and his mind focused on the coming fight.]

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - And now Isaiah Elliott makes his way to the ring. Dick, this is another competitor who came in a lot the back half of the season, and really showed a ton of potential.

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - He's on the verge of breaking that proverbial glass ceiling and really being in discussions with the top guys in this company. He's still pretty green himself, but his matchup with Kimitsu Zombie and his performance in Guerrilla Warfare shows he can hang with the best of them!

 

Mike "Drop" Dempsey - And now coming to the ring, from Portland, Oregon, standing 5'4" and weighing in at 110 pounds, "The Barcelona Black Rose" Camila Martinez!

 

WELL SWEET LITTLE SISTA'S HIGH AS HELL,

CHEATING ON A HALO,

GRIND IN AN ODYSSEY, A HOLOCAUST,

A HEART KICKING ON TOMORROW

 

[The opening rift of Thunder Kiss 65 begins to play and the fans erupt with jeers as Camila Martinez strides to ring side. She's the same hot headed Mila, talking trash to fans, knocking pop corn out some kid's hand, ripping a sign, etc. Camila loves to be hated and she shows it with her actions as she heads toward the ring. She walks up the steps and gives a fan at ringside "the bird" before entering the ring and awaiting her opponent.]

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Camila Martinez now makes her way to ringside, and Dick she's out here alone; something we don't see too often with members of Salvation.

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - No, you're right about that. The members of Salvation are like cockroaches, Dante. Like they say, for every one you see, there's ten that you don't. And with the newest member from Skyfire Wrestling Alexander Devin debuting just moments ago, you gotta believe that they aren't far from here. But on a different note, Camila has a chance for redemption here after falling short of competing for the Battalion Championships tonight.

 

Mike "Drop" Dempsey – And finally, coming to the ring at this time, from Las Vegas, Nevada, standing at 5'6" and weighing in at 133 pounds, she is the EWC PRIME Indy Champion, Trixie!

 

I'M ON MY SECOND DRINK, BUT I'VE HAD A FEW BEFORE

 

[Trixie comes out, and does a twirl to bend over and showcase her firm apple bottom to the crowd while showing off her Trixie Championship. She then turns around to flaunt her ring attire and bites her finger as she pauses on stage. She starts walking in a straight line down the ramp to really sway her hips and get the attention of the guys in the crowd, blowing kisses at the guys and enjoying the jealousy of the girls in the crowd. She steps onto the apron and gyrates her hips while raising the Trixie Championship, before stepping into the ring very slowly to allow all the photos to be taken, then stepping fully in and giving a playful wink to the referee as she sits on the corner with the belt draped over her shoulder.]

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Our final competitor in this match-up is also on a path for redemption, Dick. Trixie and her former partner Tornado Desencadenado helped pave the way for the Battalion Division, but unfortunately caught a tough break in the opening round of the Championships Tournament and lost to The Firing Squad.

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - Right, but also she has a chance for redemption with Camila and Salvation in general. Trixie has been at odds with the supernatural faction, trading blows back and forth. It all comes together here tonight for her.

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Alright folks, looks like every competitor is now squared away into a corner. Our referee for this contest will be Joe Murray. He checks off with each fighter one last time as he calls for he bell! This match is under way!

 

[DING!]

 

[The match starts out with all four competitors looking around the ring, eyeing each other before finally Mila jumps at Trixie and the two begin trading punches. Axton Pierce and Isaiah Elliott look at the two women fighting, then back at each other and then proceed to trade punches of their own. The match turns into a huge brawl with the referee having no control over it. The brawl between Mila and Trixie goes to the outside of the ring as they roll out punching one another while Elliot and Pierce continue throwing fists inside of the ring. Elliott hits some huge haymakers on Pierce, but Axton now fires back with huge rights and lefts of his own. On the outside, Mila spears Trixie into the barrier, gets back up and proceeds to stomp away at Trixie.

Back inside the ring, Axton Pierce has begun to take control and hits a scoop slam on Isaiah Elliot but as he goes to pick Elliot back up, Mila has slid back into the ring and proceeds to low blow Pierce from behind, dropping him to the mat next to Elliot. As Mila basks for a moment too long, Trixie is back up and has enter the ring quietly behind Mila herself, she waits for Mila to turn around and then connects with a Spicy Superkick straight to the jaw of Mila! Pierce is now up, grabs Trixie by the hair and tosses her out of the ring and then goes for the pin attempt on Mila.]

 

One…

 

Two…

 

KICK OUT!

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Pierce tries to capitalize on the opportunity, but it wasn't enough to put Mila away.

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - Dante, she's with the dark side, you're gonna have to decapitate her to keep her down.

 

[Elliot jumps over and breaks up the pin attempt while Trixie gets back up to her feet on the outside of the ring. Elliot notices, runs towards the ropes, bounces off of them and comes back towards Trixie, nailing her with a huge baseball slide that sends her crashing into the barrier and Elliot sliding out of the ring to the outside. He then picks up Trixie, turns her around and shoulder thrusts her into the ring apron a few times before grabbing her by the arm and Irish whipping her back into the barrier. Inside of the ring, Pierce picks up Mila and nails her with a hard powerbomb. He shows off a little bit and then picks up Mila again and hits her with a choke slam. He picks Mila up once more and Irish whips her hard into the ring corner, sending Mila crashing down to the ring mat after smacking her back off of the turnbuckle. Outside of the ring, Isaiah Elliott picks up Trixie and tosses her back into the ring. He climbs in after her and picks her up into the corner of the ring. Axton Pierce does the same to Mila. Both men boost their opponent onto the top turnbuckle, climb up themselves and proceed to each deliver a perfectly coordinated top rope suplex causing both Trixie and Mila to crash hard down to the mat next to each other!]

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Oh my god! Superplexes from both Pierce and Elliott!

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - I think that registered on the richter scale!

 

[Axton Pierce and Isaiah Elliott  stand up, look at each other and both get out of the ring. Side by side, both men walk over to the ringside announce table area and take two steel chairs that were being used by staff at ringside. They slide into the ring with the steel chairs and Malicious Mila is the first one to get to his feet. As soon as she does, Pierce and Elliot both swing the chairs, smashing her head in between them! Mila slumps down to the ring mat, out cold. Trixie now gets up to her feet and they try to do the same to her, but she ducks just in time by doing the splits and the two steel chairs smack together hard, hurting the hands of both men. As they both drop the steel chairs, clutching their hands trying to shake off the pain, Trixie is still in the splits position and double punches both men directly in the groin!]

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Trixie with the ultimate equalizer!

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - Damn that made me cringe!

 

[Trixie now picks up one of the steel chairs that was just dropped and blasts Axton Pierce over the head with it as he was bending forward in pain from the low blow. Pierce drops to the mat, out of it. Trixie then turns towards Isaiah and now he gets smacked in the head with the steel chair as well. The chair is mangled, so Trixie tosses it out of the ring. She then looks at all three of her opponents, all of them not moving and is trying to decide which one to pin. She quickly makes up her mind and hooks Pierce’s leg as he was the closest to her.]

 

One…

 

Two…

 

KICK OUT!

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Camila breaks up the pin!

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - I think Trixie took too long to decide who to go for, and it cost her precious seconds.

 

[Mila manages to crawl over and break up the pin attempt. Trixie gets off of Pierce and flat out kicks Mila right in the head for breaking up the pin. Isaiah Elliott is slowly making it to his feet, as is Axton Pierce. Isaiah tries to catch Trixie off guard by charging with a clothesline from behind but she hears him coming and side steps it causing Elliott to clothesline Pierce, sending both men over the top rope to the outside. Trixie then picks up Mila to her feet and nails her with a hard DDT on the other steel chair that is still inside of the ring. Mila once again isn’t moving. Trixie shows off and flaunts to the crowd as Axton Pierce and Isaiah Elliot slowly begin to punch each other on the outside of the ring. Trixie picks Mila back up and Irish whips her into the ropes and when Mila comes running back at him off the ropes, she hits Mila with a big hip toss!]

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Down goes "The Black Rose"!

 

[On the outside of the ring, Axton Pierce pushes Isaiah Elliot, making him trip and fall at the bottom of the entrance ramp. He picks him up and scoop slams him on the bottom of the ramp. Pierce picks him up again and drags him to the top of the entrance ramp, where Elliot counters and elbows Axton a few times in the gut. Isaiah then hits a stiff knee to the face of Axton Pierce while he is down on one knee. Inside of the ring, Trixie is landing stiff right and left kicks to the face of Mila. She then drags her over to the turnbuckle and sets her on the top rope and then gets up there with Mila as well.]

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Trixie and Camila are going to the high rent district!

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - I've heard they have expensive taste, Dante!

 

[Trixie tucks Mila’s head between her legs and flies off the top rope backwards, delivering an amazing sit out piledriver that looks to land Mila’s awkwardly on her neck as the fans go nuts for the top rope piledriver which they’ve never seen from Trixie before.]

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Oh my God! Camila has got to be concussed! She's not moving!

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - Trixie is pulling out all the stops here tonight!

 

[As the crowd continues to pop, Isaiah Elliot notices it and begins to turn back to the ring. As he does, Pierce grabs him by the ankle, forcing Elliot to turn his attention back to Axton. Inside the ring once again, Trixie is slowly to her feet in the corner waiting for Mila to get up. After a few moments with Axton Pierce and Isaiah Elliot now both to their feet and exchanging fists, Mila begins to move and slowly gets to one knee causing Trixie to charge and almost take off Mila’s head with a huge Shining Wizard!]

 

“The Doctor” Dante Reed – SHINING APPRENTICE!

 

[Trixie slumps down on top of the fallen Mila and the referee begins the count as both Pierce and Elliot notice the pin fall attempt causing both to charge the ring!]

 

One…

 

Two...

 

Three!

 

[DING DING DING!]

 

Mike "Drop" Dempsey - Here is your winner, AND NEW Number One Contender for the Trench War Championship, Trixie!

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - This one's over! Trixie has done it! We have a new number one contender!

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - I gotta tell ya, Dante, all of the stuff Trixie has been through and overcame this year in Union Battleground, from the epic ending of the longtime rivalry with Anton Chase, to mentoring rookies, to being a core component in the creation of the Battalion Division, to the struggles with Camila Martinez and the rest of Salvation, what a fantastic way to cap off the season than to head into season two as the top contender for the Trench War Championship.

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Absolutely, DDT. She has been through a lot, but she will have some major momentum heading into season two. She deserves every bit of it! But now, we're about to switch gears and get ready for the battle between two Warped Legends in an FnX match... Crowbar versus Malcolm Dred-King is next!

cOmmeRcial

Mercenary for hire

[Axel enters his office, glancing at the TV monitor next to his desk. He sits at his desk and takes a deep breath, pulling his phone from his breast pocket and seems to begin navigating through an app, his fingers tapping against the desk. He mumbles something under his breath, before his door slams shut. He looks up, startled, and a little confused.]

 

Axe Graves - Can I help you?

 

[The camera pans on a shorter guy with short, messy black hair, and kind of a pointy nose. He wears a black suit. He’s grinning.]

 

??? - Perhaps I can help you.

 

[He speaks with a hint of a laugh in his tone. His eyes are focused, intentions behind his smile. He inches his way deeper into the office.]

 

??? - My name is Dolan Farson... It’s a pleasure, really.

 

[Farson holds a hand out. Graves stares at it, before impatiently moving his hand in circular motion for Farson to continue.]

 

Dolan Farson - Come now. Shake the hand that shook the world, dear boy.

 

[Axel’s eyebrows rise briefly.]

 

Axel Graves - How did you get in here, anyway?

 

[Farson grins. It’s a demon’s grin, Axel thinks.]

 

Dolan Farson - I have my ways. Money talks. So does intimidation, bribery, and blackmail. But we haven’t gotten that far yet, have we my good man? Oh, I cannot wait!

 

Axel Graves - Why are you here? I haven’t got all night!

 

[Farson stops abruptly, annoyance rises and falls like the tide on his face, before returning back to business.]

 

Dolan Farson - I came merely as a messenger of a mercenary. And here’s his message: Hire him. And he will take care of all of your problems—well, maybe not all of them. But any of them that you’re willing to pay him for that has to do with business.

 

[Graves squints, skeptical. The door opens, but the camera doesn’t pan on the new entrant. Axel’s eyes shift to his new guest and he begins to smile.]

 

Axel Graves - Ahh… Well then, let's talk business, gentlemen!

 

[The camera fades as Farson sits down in front of Axel’s desk. Both men share a grin as Axel reclines back in his office chair.]

crOWbar vs maLcolm dred-King

Mike "Drop" Dempsey - The following contest is scheduled for one fall, and it is an FnX Match! Introducing first, he is the bout's special guest referee, from Wichita, Kansas, "The UltraViolent Perfectionist", PKA, Patrick Kay Anthony!

 

AND EVERYTHING IS GOING TO THE BEAT

AND EVERYTHING IS GOING TO THE BEAT

AND EVERYTHING IS GOING

 

[The arena goes dark and a single big spotlight shines on the stage, with blue strobe lights mixed in with smaller spotlights. PKA bursts through the curtain to a sea of cheers from the crowd. He holds his arms out in a crucifix as he poses on the stage in his black jeans and an official referee shirt. He brings his arms up in the air, fists touching, before dropping them to his side. He goes back behind the curtain and pushes out a shopping cart filled with steel chairs, shovels, bamboo sticks, 2x4's, and a roll of barbwire.]

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Out comes our special enforcer for this upcoming match, founder of Warped Wrestling PKA, and he's come baring gifts!

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - He's such a gracious guest, Dante! And you know, he's no stranger to the FnX stipulation... In fact, he faced his former AbominationZ ally Crowbar in an FnX match at the Warped tribute show New Year//Zero.

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - You're right about that. Which begs the question whether PKA will call it down the middle. He's got a lot of history with these opponents, both civil and hostile.

 

Mike "Drop" Dempsey - And now coming to the ring at this time, standing 6'5" and weighing in at 250 pounds, from Long Beach, California, Crowbar!

 

THE OPENING OF “MUSTANG NISMO” BEGINS TO PLAY

 

[The lights go out as "Mustang Nismo" kicks in with red and white lights flashing to the beat. Crowbar walks out onto the stage as the whole place is bathed in red light, a spotlight only on Crowbar. He slowly walks down the ring eyeing off the fans with disdain, before walking up the steps and getting into the ring. He heads over to the corner of the ring and jumps up, sitting on the top turnbuckle, awaiting his opponent.]

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Crowbar looks like a man on a mission here tonight!

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - I think he's had enough of this back and forth ambushes. He's ready to settle the score!

 

Mike "Drop" Dempsey - And his opponent, standing 6'2" and weighing in tonight at 249 pounds, from Hartford, Connecticut, "The Question Beyond X" Malcolm Dred-King!

 

WITH VICE I HOLD THE MIC DEVICE,

WITH FORCE I KEEP IT AWAY OF COURSE...

 

[The lights dim down and a single spotlight hits the main stage. A thunderous explosion of fireworks rocks the arena and "Prophets of Rage" by Public Enemy begins to play. Malcolm Dred-King emerges from the backstage and the crowd roars in cheers as MDK takes a moment to look on throughout the crowd. Dred-King does a quick pose, flexing his guns and in hand is a crowbar! He then sprints down the ramp. He tags a few stretched out hands as he makes his way to ringside. He keeps his tempo as he slides into the ring, and runs the ropes a couple of times. He stops in the center of the ring, looks out into the crowd once more, and raises his arms. MDK then takes his shirt off and awaits for the match to begin.]

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Look at that, Dick! MDK has that crowbar in hand!

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - Remember when he revealed himself to be the attacker of Crowbar after Battle of Los Angeles? He had that same crowbar in hand, and now he's got it again tonight!

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Alright folks, both men are now in the ring with referee PKA calling the shots. The ring both in and outside are littered with chairs, tables, ladders, and so much more!

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - I can't wait, Dante; it's finally here!

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - PKA checks with each man one last time and calls for the bell! This match is underway!

 

[DING!]

 

[As the bell rings, both men state each other down from across the ring. MDK keeps the crowbar in hand while the man Crowbar picks up a chair. After a few moments, both fighters bull rush from their corners. MDK makes the first move, swing the iron crowbar, but Crowbar himself uses his chair in hand as a shield. Crowbar then rams the chair into the midsection and then smacks MDK in the back, dropping him to the mat. Crowbar keeps swinging away, delivering violent chair shots all over the body of MDK. Each shot gets a squeamish reaction from the crowd, until MDK drops Crowbar with an ankle pick. MDK goes to hook in an ankle lock, but Crowbar quickly wiggles out and throws another chair shot to MDK's head.]

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Crowbar is doing some early and effective damage to Dred-King with that chair.

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - Those shots are ringing through the building, Dante. Crowbar is not only trying to win this match, but he wants to put Malcolm out for good!

 

[MDK wobbles on his feet as Crowbar stands upright and makes another swing. MDK somehow dodges it, and plants a jump kick to the chair that ricochets off of Crowbar's face! Malcolm Dred-King now starts throwing some heavy punches, keeping his opponent off guard. MDK backs Crowbar up against the ropes, then whips him across the ring. On the return, MDK tosses Crowbar with a flawless back body drop on to the chair. MDK plants an elbow drop and stays on him for a pin attempt. PKA rushes over for the count!]

 

... One!

 

... Two! Kick out!

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Crowbar kicks out after two!

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - That seemed a little quick, don't you think Dante?

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Quit trying to stir the pot, that was a legit count!

 

[MDK brushes off the kick out and quickly goes to work laying in rapid punches to the temple. MDK picks Crowbar up by the hair, and forced him over to the corner and begins thumping Crowbar's head to the turnbuckle. The crowd rallies behind "The Question Beyond X" as he finishes with a short range lariat to the back. With Crowbar now hanging onto the ropes for support, MDK slips outside of the ring, grabs a table, and slides it inside the ring. Malcolm sets the table up behind Crowbar and then sets him on the top turnbuckle. MDK steps up to the middle ropes, hooks Crowbar in a half Nelson, and comes crashing down with a dragon suplex through the table! The crowd goes wild!]

 

HOLY SHIT! HOLY SHIT! HOLY SHIT! HOLY SHIT!

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Dragon Suplex from the top rope! Crowbar is out cold!

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - Crowbar took the brunt of it, but MDK looks to be hurt as well! Neither man is moving!

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - MDK is now willing his way on top of Crowbar for the cover!

 

... One!

 

... Two!

 

... Th-- Kick out!

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - Crowbar is a madman, Dante! He feeds off of this stuff; the more pain his opponent endures, the more it fires him up! MDK better stay sharp!

 

[The crowd gasps as Crowbar kicks out, and MDK begins rolling outside of the ring. With Crowbar still in a daze inside, MDK begins digging under the ring. Finally, he pulls out a plywood board with barbwire stapled onto it! The crowd immediately gets in an uproar as MDK slides it into the ring. Once in, MDK places the barbwire contraption in the middle of the ring and goes back after Crowbar. He picks Crowbar up by the hair and throws a few haymakers before whipping Crowbar into the ropes. On the return, MDK goes for a back body drop but Crowbar counters it with an incredible Canadian Destroyer! MDK eats the barbwire and is instantly busted open and the crowd goes wild!]

 

THIS IS WARPED! THIS IS WARPED! THIS IS WARPED! THIS IS WARPED!

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Oh my god! MDK is cut, he's hurt!

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - Amazing composure by Crowbar! He just turned the tide, and he's going for a cover now!

 

... One!

 

... Two!

 

... Thre-- Kick out!

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Malcolm Dred-King kicks out! I don't know how, he's losing an enormous amount of blood, Dick.

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - I can't fathom what's good big on inside MDK's mind right now. But one thing that isn't is the word "quit"!

 

[Crowbar looks up at PKA in aggravation, but PKA stands his ground reiterating the two count. Crowbar waves him off as he gets to his feet and grabs the chair he had at the beginning of the match. He stuffs it in between the top and middle ropes in the corner and goes back to pick up MDK. Crowbar lands a massive right hook and whips MDK into the turnbuckle. MDK slams into the corner against the chair and Crowbar follows behind with a piercing spear! MDK topples over, landing face first into the mat. Crowbar rolls MDK over to his back with a kick, and uses that same chair for a big body splash. Crowbar makes a cover.]

 

... One!

 

... Two!

 

... Kick out!

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Malcolm Dred-King kicks out again!

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - I'm not sure how much he can handle, Dante. He's busted open bad, and he looks completely zapped!

 

[With MDK lying in a pool of his own blood, Crowbar grows in frustration and makes his way outside of the ring. He pulls out a table from under the ring and slides it inside. He sets the table into the corner and goes back to MDK. Crowbar picks the battered MDK up and places him in front of the table. Crowbar goes for a Superkick, but MDK catches him and throws him into the table with a monster T-Bone suplex, and the crowd erupts into cheers!]

 

MDK! MDK! MDK! MDK!

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - He's alive!

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - How is he even conscious, Dante? MDK has lost so much blood!

 

[MDK wills his way over and makes a cover on Crowbar and PKA goes for the count!]

 

... One!

 

... Two!

 

... Thre-- Kick out!

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - I can't believe this, Crowbar kicks out!

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - I'm telling you, Dante, this is only fueling Crowbar!

 

[The crowd is in pandemonium as MDK and Crowbar both lay motionless. PKA stands over both competitors to check on their conditions and signals that the fight continues. Suddenly, from out of the crowd, "The Wrestling God" Anton Chase hops over the barricade and slides into the ring! He immediately goes after PKA with a flurry of punches!]

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - What the hell is Anton Chase doing?!

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - I don't know Dante! Chase is attacking his former employer!

 

[PKA tries to fight off the attack, but Chase doesn't let up on him. Anton whips PKA into the ropes and goes for an enziguri but PKA dodges the attack. Chase quickly comes back up to his feet but gets met with a boot to the midsection and PKA floors him with an implant DDT!]

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - PKA drops Anton Chase with the P-Krusher!

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - This is insane! Former Warped employees and employers all going at it!

 

[The crowd cheers for PKA as he runs Chase out of the ring. PKA stands on the middle turnbuckle and begins chewing out Chase who has since blended back into the crowd in a dazed fog. PKA celebrates and plays to the crowd, but then his expression changes drastically once he spots someone limping down the aisle with a cane in hand.]

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Are you kidding me?! Is that who I think it is?!

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - It's... It's... It's JAMES ROTTEN!

 

[The Warped Legend formerly known as "Mr. Rottentreats" James Rotten makes his way to ringside. He's decked out in a white pinstripe suit and his face half painted. Rotten makes his way up the steel steps with the assistance of his cane and climbs into the ring with the sounds of the crowd at a deafening volume at this point. Rotten finally gets in the ring and is face to face with PKA. The two are at a stand still as PKA looks to be at a loss of the sight of Rotten. James extends his hand out towards PKA! James is offering his hand out but PKA still doesn't know how to respond. PKA slowly extends his hand out, but then Rotten smacks PKA upside the head with his cane! PKA drops to the canvas like a rag doll and the crowd doesn't know what to think.]

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - PKA is down! James Rotten has just laid out our referee!

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - What's going on here Dante?! I don't get it.

 

[James Rotten looks on to the crowd with no expression on his face. After taking it all in, he looks down at the unconscious Crowbar, MDK, and PKA. Rotten grabs Crowbar by the arm and drags him over top of MDK, and then hobbles over to PKA. Rotten picks up PKA's hand and drops it. James holds one finger up... He picks PKA's hand up again an drops it... Two fingers up... He picks his hand up again and drops it... Three fingers up! Rotten points at the time keeper, who hesitates but finally rings the bell!]

 

[DING DING DING!]

 

Mike "Drop" Dempsey - Here is your winner, Crowbar!

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - What the fuck is going on here, Dick?! I'm so lost!

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - I don't know man, all I can say is "This is Warped"!

 

[Rotten slowly exits out of the ring as Crowbar begins to regain consciousness. The crowd is almost silent in shock as to what they just witnessed.]

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Folks, I don't know what to make of this! There is so much history between all of these competitors, and it seems like things we know nothing about, possibly something behind closed doors has boiled over!

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - I wonder if we will ever find out what the meaning of all of this is? This is insanity! We just saw former employer Anton Chase run in, and then the face of Warped Wrestling, James Rotten, a guy we haven't seen in action since, if I recall, New Year//Zero, decimate his former boss and apparently former ally! But one thing I do know, is that our finals match in the Battalion Championships Tournament is next!

uniOn bROtherhood

[As we fade out from the chaos of the FnX match, we transition back to Axel Graves' office. The owner and promoter has a lit cigar clenched between his teeth and a stiff drink in hand. He's laser focused on the camera as he takes a sip of his drink and takes a drag off his cigar.]

 

Axel Graves - You know, when I first brought back Union Battleground from the ashes, I had a vision in mind. A vision to bring the best competition from all over the world to compete and represent their companies. As we've seen over the course of the season, we've had many who have came in and did their home companies proud. People like Tweeder with Carnage Wrestling... People like Emery Layton with the XWA. But I also had another idea in mind...

 

[Graves pauses and takes a couple puffs off the cigar before putting it in an ashtray and finishing off his drink.]

 

Axel Graves - The vision of the Battleground has flourished, but I also wanted my vision of unity, or more specifically a Union. I wanted to see brothers and sisters in arms fighting together for a cause. And so, the Battalion Division was born. We witnessed some of the best teams in the business come together and fight in a tournament to crown Union Battleground Battalion Champions. Current and former champions from all over competed and laid it all on the line in every match, and in every round. And now, we're down to the final match between The Firing Squad and The Outliers. Make no mistake, these two teams have earned their right to fight for these new titles. There's a saying that it takes two flints to make a fire. These final teams have shown unity and trust like no other, and we will find out who finally comes out on top. So I say to you bleacher creatures out there, enjoy the show, and may the best team win!

cOmmeRcial

The OutLiers vs The FiRing Squad

Mike "Drop" Dempsey - The following contest is scheduled for one fall, and it is for the Union Battleground Battalion Championships! Introducing first, honoring So-Cal UltraViolent, weighing in at a combined weight of 524 pounds. The team of Noah Reigner and "Rumble" Reyes... The Firing Squad!

 

SAY A PRAYER FOR THE YOUTH OF AMERICA

GOD BLESS THE YOUTH AMERICA

I CAN'T STAND THEIR SIGHT ANYMORE

ALL THE DEAD KIDS LYING ON YOUR DOOR

 

[The lighting in the arena cuts out completely, other than a single spotlight on the stage, just as the opening of Birdbrain's "Youth of America" is heard. As the guitar riff begins to kick in, smoke begins to pour out from the smoke machines and onto the stage and in due time, Rumble Reyes emerges, followed by Noah Reigner from behind the curtain.]

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Here we are, Dick. We are moments away to kickoff this finals match for the Battalion Titles, and our first team out, The Firing Squad, has been on a tear!

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - Noah Reigner and Rumble Reyes have to be excited to be here, they've certainly earned it! They have had some individual success; Noah Reigner is a former UKWF Broadcast Champion, and Rumble Reyes a former mUw Tunay Champion and LLC Grand Champion. They have managed to take down Beautiful Storm and Salvation on their journey to the finals. Can they do it again and shock the world and become the first Battalion Champions?

 

[The image before us oozes badassery. Noah Reigner standing in his wrestling gear, matched by his long black leather trench coat, and black sunglasses, and Reyes decked out in black shades, a Firing Squad T-Shirt, and jeans – surrounded by pitch black except for the spotlight shining down on them, and ankle deep in smoke. They stand atop of the entrance ramp, Reigner has his arms spread out to his sides as he stared down the ramp, and Reyes with his arms crossed with a piercing stare – soaking in the reaction from the crowd. This lasts for a few moments before Reigner lowers his arms, and with a very cocky swagger he walks down the ramp way with Reyes, chewing on the end of a toothpick, which he removes and feigns throwing it into the camera lens closest to him, but stops and puts it back in his mouth. The spotlight follows the two the entire way down the ramp, and as Reigner stepped onto the thin padding that surrounded the ring, the lighting slowly began to return to normal. Rumble Reyes ascends the ring steps and stepped onto the apron, where he steps over the top rope and enters. As he enters the ring, he stands in the center sticky while Reigner stopped in an empty corner and peeled off his jacket handing it down to the ringside hand, before he would lean back in his corner, still wearing his sunglasses and chewing on his toothpick. He remained this way until the bell would sound while Reyes steps back out to the apron.]

 

Mike "Drop" Dempsey - And their opponents, they are the final WARPED Unified Tag Team Champions and former GOL Trios Champions, weighing in at a combined weight of 330 pounds. They are the team of Sawtooth Grin and HeWhoCorrupts... The Outliers!

 

IT CAME FROM OVER THERE BY RED CHORD BEGINS TO PLAY

 

[As "It Came From Over There" plays over the PA, HWC and Sawtooth Grin step onto the entrance ramp to a loud explosion of cheers. The thundering double kick of the song ramps up the duo as they hype themselves up on the main stage. The two give each other a first bump and then sprint down the aisle. The two tag stretched out hands of fans as they make their way to ringside. The two baseball slide into the ring headfirst, and immediately head into opposite corners. Both men climb the turnbuckles and celebrate with the cheering crowd. Both men hop off in unison and then jog to their opposite corners. Again, they climb up high and celebrate with the other half of the arena. Once again both men come crashing down onto the mat and begin stretching out and warming up as they await for the match to begin.]

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - And here come The Outliers! Dick, can you think of a team that has the established accolades like this team right here?

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - Not to my knowledge, Dante. But I think a big reason to their success is that they don't take any opponent lightly, and most certainly shouldn't underestimate The Firing Squad. I mean for god sakes, Rumble Reyes alone outweighs the both of these guys combined! I'm excited and honored to witness this one live!

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Alright folks, both teams are squared away in their corners and it's looking like Sawtooth Grin will begin this bout against Noah Reigner. Two superb mat technicians, this should really set the pace! Our referee for this title bout is Senior Official Bruce O'Neal and he's calling for the bell! This one is under way!

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - History is in the making!

 

[DING!]

 

[Grin and Reigner stare each other down across the ring as the echo of the bell dies down. Sawtooth has flipped a switch from being loose and playful to laser focused, while Reigner begins taunting Grin, trying to ruffle some feathers. Grin doesn't bite though but instead begins enclosing in on his So-Cal adversary. Noah closes in the distance and the two meet center stage and immediately lock horns! Reigner makes the first move with an arm wrench that keeps Grin wincing on his tiptoes. Reigner begins raining down elbow shots to Sawtooth's neck and shoulder area. Grin acts quickly and ducks under to reverse the hold, now putting Reigner in a vulnerable spot. Grin begins clubbing Reigner in the lower back with vicious and rapid forearm smashes. Reigner finally goes on the offensive with a powerful back elbow, rocking Grin in he temple and causing him to let go of the hold. Reigner throws a few punches, backing Grin up into the ropes. Noah Irish whips Grin across the ring and on the return misses a shot with a haymaker of a closeline. Grin runs and springboards off the opposite ropes and drops Reigner with a back elbow! Grin keeps the pressure by going for a front headlock, but Reigner sits and spins out to get on top and goes for a Fujiwara armbar! Sawtooth Grin quickly reacts and somersaults over to avoid the hold and springs up to his feet. Before Grin can turn around, Reigner is hot on his tail and takes him back down with an inverted hip toss and holds on with a bridging reverse chinlock!]

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Reigner locks in the Dream Killer!

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - Sawtooth is one of the best technical wrestlers in the Battleground, but Reigner is standing his ground, and he's got Grin in a very vulnerable spot early in the match!

 

[Grin tries to fight off the submission but Reigner is sunk in deep. Suddenly HeWhoCorrupts enters the ring and breaks the hold with a basement drop kick to Reigner's face! The crowd now begins to get in an uproar as the big man Rumble Reyes steps into the ring. The colossal "Killa from Manilla" charges HWC and floors him head over heels with a thunderous discus lariat! Reyes picks HWC up and tosses him outside of the ring like a rag doll and goes to work on Grin with heavy boots to the back of the head. Somehow referee Bruce O'Neal is able to order Reyes back to his corner, and Reigner goes back to work on Sawtooth. Noah picks Grin up by the hair and thumps him with a few clean jabs. Sawtooth begins down and side parrying the throws, and counter punches in between. Sawtooth now gains the offensive, throwing his own punches to the head and body. Grin winds up for a strong haymaker, but Reigner ducks it and sends Grin spinning in a 180. Reigner quickly locks in at the waist and goes for a German suplex, but Sawtooth kicks his hips out to stall. Grin throws a few back elbows then grabs between his legs and locks Reigner in a rolling kneebar!]

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Sawtooth Grin locks Noah Reigner in a perfect rolling kneebar!

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - If Reigner doesn't escape, Grin could really do some major damage to the ligaments, joint, and tissues! This move has put people out of business, Dante!

 

[As Noah is screaming in pain and trying to escape the devastating submission, his partner Rumble Reyes steps in to make the save. HWC quickly reacts and jumps in as well, and bull rushes towards Reyes. HWC catapults himself over the grounded Grin and Reigner and goes for a jumping knee strike, but the big man Reyes catches him in mid air! Reyes cradles HWC for a moment until he drops him with a modified fisherman suplex right on top of Sawtooth Grin! The crowd erupts with a medley of cheers and boos as Reigner rolls out from harm's way, leaving Reyes towering over the wounded Outliers. Reyes tries to continue the attack, but referee O'Neal is insistent on him returning back to the corner. Reyes obliges, but not before dragging Reigner close to the corner with him, in which Reigner makes the tag!]

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Rumble Reyes has been the X factor in this match, and he hasn't even been the legal man up until now!

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - With Axel Graves' love of violence and thus the lax enforcement of traditional rules allows someone like Reyes to really do some damage!

 

[Rumble Reyes now steps in the ring as the legal man, and is almost salivating at the sight of the grounded Sawtooth Grin. Reyes hovers over and clutches at Grin's throat, and with one hand, picks him straight up in the air! Reyes holds him up for a few seconds before tossing him into the turnbuckles. Reyes begins to taunt the crowd, to which they rain down boos. Reyes takes a few steps back to the center of the ring, and then rushes Grin and completely demolishes him with a hulking splash! Grin folds like a lawn chair and Reyes drags him by the foot to the center of the ring and makes a cover!]

 

... One!

 

... Two!

 

... Break!

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - HeWhoCorrupts breaks the pin attempt!

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - That's the only way these two are going to be able to stay alive in this one. They are going to have to stay focused and work together because of one of them gets trapped under Reyes in a pin, there is no way in hell they're kicking out!

 

[HWC comes in with another basement drop kick to disrupt the pinfall, then darts to the opposite corner and drills Reigner off the apron with a shotgun drop kick! As HWC celebrates and riles up the crowd atop the turnbuckle, Reyes stands behind furious and almost snarling at HWC. Crupts could sense he was being watched, and timidly looks over his shoulder to see Reyes ready to charge. As Reyes begins to steamroll, HWC quickly hops over the top rope, leaving Reyes to bulldoze the corner post. HWC quickly grabs Reyes by the head and drops down to ringside with a neck wringer! Rumble stumbles back in agony as he clutches at his neck from nearly being torn off of his shoulders. Reyes turns back around and gets floored with a stunner!]

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Thumbsucker! Sawtooth Grin pulls out the Thumbsucker!

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - This one is over!

 

... One!

 

... Two!

 

... Thre-- Kick Out!

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Are you kidding me?! Rumble Reyes kicks out!

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - He's not human, Dante! Reyes just got rocked with a one-two attack from Corrupts, then gets rocked again by Grin, only to keep things alive!

 

[Reyes had bench pressed Grin off of him, sending him flying in the air and hard back down to the canvas. The crowd is filled with emotions, believing they were about to witness the making of history. Both Grin and Reyes continue motionless on the mat, and the crowd begins to build a chant to encourage both competitors to get back to their feet. Sawtooth Grin begins to show some signs of life by crawling and inching his way to his corner. The crowd starts rallying behind him as he gets closer and closer to HWC's outstretched hand. Grin is a few feet away until Reyes stops him in his tracks! The big man grabs onto Sawtooth's ankle and slowly makes it to his feet. The shear height of the big man forces Sawtooth up to his feet as well, but Grin reacts swiftly with a crisp enziguri! Grin breaks free from Rumble's grasp and leaps to make the tag!]

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - The tag is made! In comes HeWhoCorrupts!

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - We've seen this so many times during the tournament. 'Crupts is like a damn torpedo!

 

[HWC bolts into the ring and hammers Rumble Reyes with a massive shotgun drop kick! Reyes stumbles to stay on his feet, while HWC runs the ropes. As he makes his way back, he leaps into the air to deliver a nasty knee strike, this time connecting! Reyes still stays on his feet with the help of leaning on the ropes. At this point, Grin gets to his feet and he and HWC both run the ropes. As they approach Reyes, the two interlock hands and send Reyes over the ropes! The crowd goes wild as The Outliers celebrate together! Grin makes his way to his corner while HWC dials in on Reyes who is being tended to by Reigner from the outside. HWC finally springs off the furthest ropes and redlining his way back, hits a suicide dive and stacks it with a tornado DDT onto the announcers tables!]

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Oh my god!!

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - Look out Dante!!

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - HeWhoCorrupts has just destroyed Rumble Reyes with a phenomenal suicide dive into a tornado DDT through our table!

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - Nevermind the condition of these two, where the hell am I suppose to sit now?! This is Union Battleground, right?! I'm filing a grievance!

 

[The crowd erupts into cheers as HWC and Reyes lie motionless amongst the shards of broken wood and busted monitors all around them. Referee Bruce O'Neal steps out to check on their conditions before motioning to the timekeeper that the match continues. HWC is first to finally get to his feet and looks down to notice Rumble has been split open between the eyes. The sight of the blood provokes Corrupts and he starts spitting out orders to a fan in the front row. The fan grabs and folds up his chair and holds it out over the barricade. HWC tries with all his might to pick up Rumble, and once he finally does, he smashes his face against the steel chair!]

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Corrupts is relentless! I didn't think I'd ever see the day where Reyes is covered in a crimson mask!

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - He's calling for some audience participation, Dante!

 

[Rumble staggers back up against the ring apron with the blood from his cut just dumping at this point. HWC begins rocking some nasty knife edge chops, each one echoing throughout the arena. Corrupts winds back and throws one with all his weight, but Rumble catches it! HWC looks flabbergasted and at a loss, but before he can think of an escape route, Rumble Reyes hoists him up in a military press and tosses him over the top rope and back in the ring! Reyes rolls in goes to work on the downed HWC. Reyes begins dropping heavy boots to the head before peeling Corrupts up off the canvas. Reyes takes HWC by the hair and drags his face across the ropes. Referee O'Neal pleas for Reyes to stop and Reyes humors him before slamming HWC's face into the turnbuckle. Rumble now whips HWC across the ring, and on the return delivers a devastating belly-to-belly suplex! Reyes immediately slingshots off the ropes comes back down with a catastrophic splash!]

 

 "The Doctor" Dante Reed - Rumble Reyes just flattens Corrupts with the Foreshock and immediately follows it up with the Aftershock!

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - He's going for the cover too, Dante! This one could be over!

 

... One!

 

... Two!

 

... BREAK!

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Sawtooth Grin just made the save to keep them alive!

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - Well I don't know about alive.. But they still have a pulse!

 

[Sawtooth Grin springs into action with the same basement drop kick his partner used to save him. Reyes however looks furthest from amusement and as he goes after Grin, Grin quickly baseball slides outside of the ring. Reyes goes back to HWC and begins stomping all over HWC's body. After several stomps, Rumble lays his foot across HWC's neck and applies an enormous amount of pressure! Referee O'Neal can't help himself but demand Reyes to stop, which he finally does but now arrogantly puts his foot across HWC's chest and orders a pinfall count.]

 

... One!

 

... Two!

 

... Kick out!

 

[Rumble Reyes laughs at the sight of the broken Corrupts gasping for air and clenching his throat and chest. Reyes now picks Corrupts up to his feet and picks him up high in the air by his throat! Reyes tosses him hard into the turnbuckle and finishes it off with another massive splash! Rumble now takes this opportunity to make a tag!]

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Rumble Reyes makes the tag! In comes a refreshed and rejuvenated Noah Reigner!

 

[Noah hops in and makes quick work on HWC with a flurry of shoot kicks to the head and body. Reigner now pulls Corrupts out of the corner and whips him into the ropes. On the return, Reigner drops HWC with a pendulum slam and quickly locks in his "Noahleaf" submission! As he's pulling back and applying the pressure, Sawtooth quickly steps in to make the save. But he he approaches, Reigner counters with another signature move, the "ST-NOAH"! Both Outliers are flattened to the ground and Noah begins mocking the two, and the crowd rain down boos. Noah picks Grin off the mat and tosses him outside. Noah goes back to Corrupts and brings him to his feet. Noah sends HWC across the ring, and on the return HWC goes for a flying knee, but Reigner catches him in mid air with a jumping cutter! Reigner is running high on adrenaline as begins to ascend the nearest turnbuckle. Noah taunts the crowd before flinging himself off for his trademark "Elbro Drop", but as he comes crashing down, Corrupts catches him with a boot to the temple! The crowd explodes into cheers and HWC is slowly making his way back to his corner! Sawtooth Grin has his arm stretched out as far as he can while still holding on to the side of his head. HeWhoCorrupts makes exhausts all of his energy as he lunges forward and makes the tag!]

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Sawtooth is in! Corrupts makes the tag!

 

[As Grin steps in, the big man Rumble Reyes joins in to even the score. Reyes lunges for a closeline, but Grin ducks and runs the ropes. On the return, Grin rocks him with a leaping uppercut, but Reyes manages to stay on his feet. Unperturbed, Grin runs the ropes again and this time on the return gashes Reyes with a flying head butt! Reyes back pedals on his heels and manages to catch himself on the ropes. At this point, Corrupts makes it back to his feet, and like a Jaeger from Pacific Rim, both men spring off the ropes and topple Reyes over the top rope with a double drop kick! Reyes free falls out of the ring, and breaks his fall with the barricades. Grin drops to all fours with HWC once more runs the ropes. On the return, HWC uses Sawtooth's back as a springboard and goes flying out of the ring and crashes into Reyes with a Kamikaze Drop kick that sends both men into the rabid crowd! Grin is now in the ring hyped up, stalking his prey, and waiting for Reigner to get back to his feet. As Reigner struggles up, Sawtooth Grin sounds him around, throws a boot to the gut, and sticks him with a stunner!]

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Thumbsucker! Thumbsucker! Sawtooth Grin has rocked Noah Reigner! This one's over!

 

... One!

 

[Reigner throws his foot on the ropes.]

 

... Two!

 

[The ref doesn't see it!]

 

... Three!

 

[DING DING DING!]

 

Mike "Drop" Dempsey - Here are your winners, AND NEW Union Battleground Battalion Champions, The Outliers!

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - I... I can't believe what I just witnessed! The Outliers are the inaugural Battalion Champions!

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - Did you not see it?! Reigner's foot was on the ropes, Dante!

 

[Inside the ring, Sawtooth Grin has his hand raised in the air, but quickly shuns it and goes after his partner. Grin pulls the bloodied Corrupts out from the crowd and the two make their way back inside the ring. Both men now have their hands raised in victory and referee Bruce O'Neal hands them the Battalion Titles. Both men celebrate with a hug before stepping back out into the crowd to celebrate.]

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - I don't know what to say, Dick. O'Neal didn't catch the foot on the rope and continued the three count. However you make of it, The Outliers are the champions!

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - I don't like it, Dante. The Firing Swuad got robbed! Plain and simple! The Outliers better watch their backs, I don't think this is the last time we see these guys!

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Well folks, as we finish up our first championship match, we switch gears as we prepare our second title fight, as Emery Layton versus Kimitsu Zombie is next!

Wars Are WOn in the Trenches

"Fights begin and end with handshakes.” – Cameron Conaway

 

[A quick cut montage showing the beginning of Emery Layton's matches throughout her Union Battleground season one career, all starting out with a mutual handshake or fist bump showing a sign of respect. Then fades in the finishes of those matches, all with Layton's hand raised and another congratulatory gesture from her opponents.]

 

“You will never be entirely comfortable. This is the truth behind the champion – he is always fighting something. To do otherwise is to settle.” – Julien Smith

 

[We transition into various moments throughout Emery Layton's reign as Trench War Champion. From all sorts of stages ranging from the Union Battleground ring, to Seattle Pro, to the XWA. Various audio clips of her proclaiming herself to be the "fighter's champion" and she "accepts all comers".]

 

“Whenever we want to combat our enemies, first and foremost we must start by understanding them rather than exaggerating their motives.” – Criss Jami

 

[We now move forward to clips of Kimitsu Zombie, starting with her surprise debut at L!GHTS OUT #9. A fast paced compilation of Zombie destroying her competition flashes through until we slow to a close up of Zombie. The audio of her calling out Layton and declaring her to be a ghost echoes through the ethers, making her intentions loud and clear.]

 

"You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it." — Margaret Thatcher

 

[A final compilation shows the defeat of Layton against Tweeder back in early February during the Union Battleground Championship Tournament, and her loss during the Battalion Championships Tournament. We switch gears to show Kimitsu Zombie's losses to Jove Belane and Xion Ben-Judah. A final shot of Emery holding up the Trench War Title at "Battle of Los Angeles" and a shot of Kimitsu Zombie's hand raised in victory after her contender match against Trixie blends together as we finally fade into darkness.]

Emery LaytOn vs Kimitsu ZOmbie

Mike “Drop” Dempsey – The following contest is scheduled for one fall, and it is for the Union Battleground Trench War Championship in the Co-Main Event of the evening!

 

[The crowd roars at Dempsey’s announcement]

 

Mike “Drop” Dempsey – Introducing first, the challenger, standing 5’5” and hails from Kimitsu, Japan…”Little Yokai” Kimitsu Zombie!

 

TOMERARENAI SOUUTSU SHOUDOU

 

[Sayonara, Perfect World blares out and Kimitsu Zombie darts out of the entrance way in her bosozoku uniform. She holds her arms up and screams with her tongue out then struts to the ring where she climbs a turnbuckle and repeats the yell. She jumps down into the ring to wait.]

 

“The Doctor” Dante Reed – Kimitsu Zombie has had a stellar record since stepping into the Battleground and has earned this right to challenge Emery Layton through her hard work and constant good showings!

 

“Diamond” Dick Thrasher – Yeah, yeah, yeah Dante! Hard work pays off, we get it! All that matters is that we have two pretty smokin’ broads here about to tangle and roll around in the ring!

 

Mike “Drop” Dempsey – And, his opponent. From anywhere and everywhere, representing the XWA, she is the reigning, defending, undisputed, Union Battleground Trench War Champion, "The Worst of the Pavees" Emery Layton!

 

IT DOESN'T HURT ME

DO YOU WANNA FEEL HOW IT FEELS?

DO YOU WANNA HEAR ABOUT THE DEAL I'M MAKING?

YOU

IT'S YOU AND ME

 

[As the opening drums of The Feud's rendition of Kate Bush classic "Running Up That Hill" hit the PA system, excitement hits the air. The song explodes to life and the Worst of the Pavees herself- wearing her leather jacket and beanie over her gear- emerges from behind the curtain, clearly impressed with the amount of people have turned out. She's holding her arms out as she struts down the ramp and swaying her head to the beat of her entrance theme, her eyes closed. She's lost in the moment, there's nowhere else she'd rather be right now.]

 

“The Doctor” Dante Reed – What a run it’s been for Emery Layton. She has the opportunity to close out the season holding the Trench War Championship for this entire season!

 

“Diamond” Dick Thrasher – But Kimitsu Zombie would love to spoil that party Dante, you can bet your ass on it!

 

[Once she reaches the bottom of the ramp, she pulls her beanie off and thrusts it into her pocket as she skates up the steel steps and climbs the turnbuckle. As the fans cheer, it's quite obviously not loud enough for her, as she lifts her arms up, indicating for them to get louder. Once the eccentric Irish traveler has spent enough time up there, Emery leaps down from the top rope and into the ring, transitioning from that into probably the most graceful, crisp forward-roll you've ever seen. Once she's in there, she runs to the rope right behind her bouncing off it as she drops to her knees and skids forwards, as all the lights drop except a single spotlight on her and the lights from cell phone cameras as her upper body falls backwards. After a few moments of just simply listening to the cheers, she flips onto her front and crawls into her corner, removing her jacket and dumping the battered old thing to the outside as she sits down, legs flat out, waiting for the match to begin.]

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Alright folks, both fighters are squared away in their corners. Our referee for this bout is senior official Bruce O'Neal. He checks one last time with each opponent, and he's calling for the bell! This match is underway!

 

[DING!]

 

[The bell sounds with both Emery Layton and Kimitsu Zombie eyeing each other for a split second while circling the ring. Emery takes a couple steps towards Kimitsu, causing her to flinch at the movement, so Emery then tries to quickly grab Zombie but Kimitsu manages to avoid the grab and both women go back to staring at each other in the middle of the ring.  Emery now wastes no time and sprints towards Kimitsu Zombie, managing to nail a quick rising knee, bouncing her knee off Zombie’s face to stun her momentarily. Emery tries to follow up with a lariat but Kimitsu ducks underneath Emery and runs against the ropes and she then attempts a diving forearm but this time, it is Emery Layton who manages to duck underneath and away from Zombie. Kimitsu Zombie hits the canvas and rolls right out of the ring.]

 

“The Doctor” Dante Reed – Kimitsu already having to regroup here!

 

[Emery looks around and Kimitsu eventually slides back in and meets Emery in the middle of the ring. The two lock up yet again but Kimitsu manages to over power Emery Layton and throws her straight down on the mat. Kimitsu goes to grab Layton but Emery kicks her in the head quickly, sending Kimitsu stumbling back. Once she gains her grasp, Layton is up and Zombie walks into a dropkick from Emery. Kimitsu is hurt on the mat, while Emery drops a hard knee straight to the forehead of Kimitsu.]

 

“The Doctor” Dante Reed – The champ showing some viciousness here with those hard knees to Zombie’s forehead!

 

“Diamond” Dick Thrasher – Any good champion will do whatever it takes to get the “W” Reed!

 

[Kimitsu once again rolls out of the ring but this time, in a little more agony as Emery smiles and plays to the crowd while still on her knees from delivering them to Zombie’s forehead. Zombie, frustrated, rolls into the ring again while Emery Layton playfully keeps her spot and is inviting Kimitsu to bring the fight over to her. Kimitsu Zombie paces around a little bit while the referee is making sure that she’s ready to go and the moment he gets out of the way, Kimitsu Zombie lunges forward, but Emery Layton was anticipating her strategy and steps back, then grapples up with Kimitsu before she has a chance to react and forces her back to the turnbuckle.] [Emery now connects with a knife-edge chop, before sending her to the opposite turnbuckle. Layton follows in after her with a charging shoulder thrust, takes a step back and goes in for a second shoulder thrust. Kimitsu Zombie leaps into the air this time, and rolls Layton up with a Sunset Flip out of nowhere.]

 

One...

 

Two...

 

Kick Out!

 

“The Doctor” Dante Reed – Quick pin attempt by Kimitsu Zombie but Layton manages to kick out!

 

“Diamond” Dick Thrasher – Zombie almost ended it in a blink of an eye!

 

[Kimitsu quickly gets to her feet as Emery is trying to get back up but Kimitsu hits her fast with a front dropkick. Emery rolls to the apron of the ring as Kimitsu pulls herself back up by using the ropes and instantly goes after Emery again by sending another front dropkick into her gut which causes Emery to roll off of the apron to the outside. Kimitsu leaps up, bounces off the opposite ropes and as Layton is getting to her feet flies over the top rope with an absolutely beautiful suicide somersault senton over the top rope!]

 

“The Doctor” Dante Reed – Amazing Top Rope Suicide Somersault Senton by Kimitsu Zombie! WOW!

 

“Diamond” Dick Thrasher – I don’t think I’ve ever seen someone do that Dante!

 

[As both competitors roll around in obvious pain as the fans chant “Holy Shit!”, Bruce O’Neal checks on them to see their condition. Zombie is first to her feet, slowly gains her bearings, grabs Emery by the hair and tosses her into the ring, following in right behind her. Kimitsu tries to build more momentum as she bounces off the ropes and hits a flying elbow drop, Kimitsu rolls off and grabs Emery by her waist from behind attempting a deadlift German Suplex but Emery twists out of the hold and gets Kimitsu in a chicken wing. Layton begins trying to rear back on the hold has O’Neal checks on Zombie but after a bit of a struggle to keep it in, Emery lets her go.]

 

“The Doctor” Dante Reed – Zombie’s squirming forcing Layton to release the hold here!

 

[Both again scurry to their feet and Kimitsu swings at Emery three times with wild fists while Emery ducks the first two, grabs Kimitsu’s hand on the third attempt and pulls Zombie into a perfectly planted DDT. Emery gets up and now waits, scouting out Kimitsu as she struggles to get up. Kimitsu is now up but stumbles backwards causing Emery to move in and attempt to grab her but instead gets hit with a swift judo kick to the leg. Emery grabs her leg and now Kimitsu begins to pepper both of Emery’s legs with shoot kick after shoot kick using both of her own legs to land them. Zombie once again bounces off the ropes and comes back with the front dropkick that has worked well for her but this time Layton is expecting it and manages to get out of the way. As Zombie lands hard, Layton makes a dash to the turnbuckle right near them and climbs it.]

 

“The Doctor” Dante Reed – Is Emery Layton looking to finish things off here?

 

[As Zombie stands up Layton comes soaring off of the top rope and hits her with a cutter but in the process, with her legs straight out manages to kick Bruce O’Neal in the head with her wild feet. Not even realizing this, Layton immediately follows up with the cover but the ref is down so the Union Battleground faithful watching on begin counting out loud.]

 

ONE!

 

TWO!

 

THREE!

 

[As Emery smacks along with the crowd’s count on the mat to simulate a referee doing so, she gets up after the third and goes to check on Bruce O’Neal whose not moving. As she continues to check on the referee’s status, Zombie has once again rolled out of the ring and is leaning against the barrier to stay up. The camera catches her eyeing the Trench War title on the timekeeper’s table. Zombie flashes a twisted smile, dashes over, grabs the title and slides back into the ring behind Emery Layton.]

 

“The Doctor” Dante Reed – Uh oh! Kimitsu Zombie looks like she is planning something that might not bode well for Emery Layton!

 

[As Bruce O’Neal finally starts to move on the mat but is visibly still kind of out of it, Emery leans back up, turns around and is met with a running headshot courtesy of her own Trench War Title in the hands of a running Kimitsu Zombie. Layton is absolutely flattened as Zombie kicks the title off the apron and out of the ring and slumps down on Emery’s body for a cover as the referee hears her screaming towards him, slowly crawls over and begins the count.]

 

“The Doctor” Dante Reed – No! Not this way!

 

“Diamond” Dick Thrasher – New Champ Dante!

 

One…

 

Two…

 

Thre—!

 

[Layton just gets her shoulder up at the last second causing the crowd to roar in approval.]

 

“The Doctor” Dante Reed – Layton kicked out!

 

[Kimitsu now gets in the face of Bruce O’Neal slapping her hands that it was a three count and yelling as loudly as she can. As she does this, Layton is up and behind Kimitsu Zombie. Emery wraps her arm around Zombie’s neck from behind and plants Kimitsu to the mat with a thunderous reverse DDT. Layton, seeing the opportunity present itself, uses the last of her adrenaline to quickly get up and hurry over to the turnbuckle where she begins to ascend to the very top.]

 

“Diamond” Dick Thrasher – Careful you don’t knock out the referee again! The man's like 90!

 

[This time, instead of waiting for Kimitsu Zombie to get to her feet, Emery Layton looks around, takes a deep breath and jumps off of the top rope performing  perfectly executed top rope double somersault splash as the camera’s flash and the crowd erupts at the risk being taken as she lands on Zombie’s chest.]

 

“The Doctor” Dante Reed – The Wuthering Heights! What a move!

 

[Layton stays laying across Kimitsu Zombie as Bruce O’Neal gets in position to make the count.]

 

One…

 

Two…

 

Three!

 

[DING DING DING!]

 

Mike "Drop" Dempsey - Here is your winner, AND STILL Union Battleground Trench War Champion, Emery Layton!

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - She did it! She did it! I can't believe what I'm seeing here!

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - Emery Layton has taken down Kimitsu Zombie! What an absolute turnaround! She started the season as the first Trench War Champion back in February, and will carry the title over to season two as the Trench War Champion!

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - What a feat! What an astonishing accomplishment! The Trench War Traveler carries on!

 

[Emery stands in the center of the ring, with blood now seeping from her forehead due to the shot from her title. O'Neal raises her arm in victory and hands her the title as the crowd cheers her on. Layton now climbs the nearest turnbuckle and celebrates with the crowd, holding the title across her shoulder. Then without warning, Kimitsu slides under her and slams her off the post with a massive powerbomb!]

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - Oh my god! Kimitsu has snapped!

 

[Zombie stares at her fallen opposition with a cynical look. The close-up camera catches Zombie saying "This isn't over!" Emery is able to roll out fonts rig before anymore damage can be done. Layton continues to back pedal up the ramp, pointing at Kimitsu and back at the Trench War Title.]

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Folks, Kimitsu Zombie just made a statement here after the match was over!

 

"Diamond" Dick Thrasher - She's not done yet, Dante! Kimitsu is a fighter, and this hiccup isn't going to stop her. You heard her say it yourself!

 

"The Doctor" Dante Reed - Alright folks, time to switch gears as we prepare for tonight's main event! Dick Devereaux versus Nemesis is next!

The Eyes Of the WOrld are upOn YOu

[We cut in to ring staff, Union Battleground employees and arena employees working hard and finishing setting up the 7th Circle of Hell structure as the camera cuts to Dante Reed and Dick Thrasher sitting at the commentary table.]

 

“The Doctor” Dante Reed – Folks as we finish setting up for the main event to get underway here let’s look back to this bloody and violent feud between the champion Dick Devereaux and the challenger Nemesis!

 

[We cut to a promo package that begins by highlighting the formation of Salvation, then moving forward to Nemesis helping Dick Devereaux retain over Dillon Shaw, followed up by Salvation’s offer for Dick Devereaux to join. The package then proceeds to Guerrilla Warfare where we see Nemesis’ arm raised in victory thanks to the help of Sinister then the audio cuts and the picture goes black and white as Devereaux is now in the ring and lays out Salvation. The package then goes on highlighting the kidnapping of Kuk Killswitch and Devereaux’s subsequent payback, costing Salvation in the Battalion tournament and his final standoff with Nemesis at L!GHTS OUT #16. The package ends and we come back to the arena where everything is in place and set up for the main event with Mike Dempsey in the middle of the ring.]

dick deVerEaux vs Nemesis

Mike “Drop” Dempsey – The following contest is our main event of the evening, a 7th Circle of Hell match, and it is for the Union Battleground Championship! Introducing first, the challenger, standing 6’4” and weighing in at 245 pounds, hailing from parts unknown, ”The Alpha & Omega” Nemesis!

 

[The arena goes dark as the open chords of “More Human Than Human” by White Zombie begin to surround the fans of the arena. With each audio moan on the track’s opening sequence, the arena flashes a deep dark red then as the guitar kicks in the lights slowly begin to rise to a dim setting and we see Nemesis kneeling at the top of the ramp with a now single red spotlight shining down on him as for the first time in a long time he is not being accompanied to the ring by a member of Salvation.]

 

I AM, THE ASTRO-CREEP, A DEMOLITION STYLE,

HELL AMERICAN FREAK, YEAH

I AM, THE CRAWLING DEAD, A PHANTOM IN A BOX,

SHADOW IN YOUR HEAD

 

[As Rob Zombie’s voice kicks in, Nemesis raises his lowered head, outstretches his arms, raises to his feet and then proceeds forward slowly towards the ring with the arena remaining dark and the lone red spotlight following Nemesis’ path accordingly.  Nemesis walks by the fans not phased in the slightest by the cheers and chirps with his eyes solely focused on the demonic structure that is the 7th Circle of Hell before him. Nemesis enters into the structure and then takes his time getting to the ring steps, finally stops at the final step, only to jump directly onto the top turnbuckle and outstretch his arms while kneeling down. Nemesis then hops down into the ring walking directly into the center of the squared circle where he falls to both knees and lowers his head similarly to how he was on the entrance ramp. As the music continues, Nemesis simultaneously raises his head and outstretches his arms as the lights come on and the music stops.]

 

“The Doctor” Dante Reed – This satanic structure devised from the mind of Nemesis could destroy either one of these two men or both of them Dick!

 

“Diamond” Dick Thrasher – Honestly Dante, only these two men would step into this kind of match and only the sick and twisted mind of Nemesis could conjure up this kind of death trap for the Champion!

 

Mike "Drop" Dempsey – His opponent, standing 6’2" and weighing in tonight at 243 pounds, he is the REIGNING, the DEFENDING, UNDISPUTED Union Battleground Champion, "The Butcher" Dick Devereaux!

 

YOU FUCKING BLEED NOW!

 

["Everyone Bleeds Now" By Hatebreed suddenly hits and the lights begin to flash violently to the beat. The ramp puts out smoke as red lasers begin to strobe around the arena. Dick Devereaux comes out from the back through the smoke with an irritated look spread across his face and a water bottle in hand, while the Union Battleground Championship rests over his shoulder. He comes to the edge of the ramp as he extends both arms towards the sky with a middle finger pointed out at the crowd and the Union Battleground title in the other. He looks around before he begins to nod his head to the beat and begins to pour the water bottle over his head. He tosses the water bottle into the audience as he continues to nod his head to the beat. He begins to bend over as he holds his bald head. He then violently starts to bang his head as he begins to punch himself over and over again, even using the Title once or twice. Dick then flips his wet head up and raises his fists before lowering them and beginning down the ramp.  Dick is now at the end of the ramp as he runs through the 7th Circle of Hell’s chamber opening and hops up onto the apron. He looks around before holding up his middle finger and title once again outwards towards the crowd. He then slowly brings both of them down to the camera and spews off a few hateful words before stepping into the ring through the ropes. Dick walks over to the farthest turnbuckle and steps to the second rope. He looks around and then bends down and starts to head bang, letting water from his head soak the crowd below. He then flips his head up and raises the Title slowly before hoping down. Dick walks over to the ropes and steps on the middle one with his right leg and the bottom one with his left as he bounces on the ropes, staring at the crowd. His music dies down as Dick ditches his leather jacket and waits in the corner, title slung nonchalantly over his shoulder]

 

“The Doctor” Dante Reed – This is the match we have all been waiting for since Guerrilla Warfare, I cannot wait!

 

“Diamond” Dick Thrasher – As fucked up as these two may be Dante, this should be a hell of a match up, in fact, I’m gonna predict 7 stars!

 

“The Doctor” Dante Reed – Now remember folks, inside of this metal chamber structure which has it’s own chains that make up this chamber structure woven in barbed wire, are two eighteen foot ladders that one of these competitors must use to reach the top of this twenty-four foot structure to unhook the Union Battleground Championship. The Championship will be hung down from the top of the chamber, dead smack in the middle of the ring about twenty feet high and four feet from the top of the chamber. There is no padding whatsoever inside of this chamber folks and just to add some extra carnage on the outside of the ring are four tables; two on each side opposite to each eighteen foot ladder!

 

“Diamond” Dick Thrasher – My second prediction; there will be blood!

 

[Bruce O’Neal along with fellow referees Franklin Dean and Joe Murray quickly check the two competitors over to make sure they haven’t brought any weapons into the structure and after a sufficient search, the three referees exit the chamber, lock the entrance with a pad lock while O’Neal signals for the bell.]

 

“The Doctor” Dante Reed – After months of anticipation…here we go!

 

[DING!]

 

[Nemesis comes out of the corner and slowly heads to the middle of the ring intending to face off with Devereaux there but instead, Dick takes a few steps and then charges full speed throttling the challenger with a massive spear that nearly takes Nemesis out of his boots.]

 

“The Doctor” Dante Reed – Homing Missile by the Champ to kick off the match!

 

“Diamond” Dick Thrasher – Nemesis had to know that Dick was going to throw everything he has at him from the get go!

 

[As Dick gets up and roars out an angry war cry like scream towards the crowd, Nemesis is already up and standing behind Devereaux tilting his head, unscathed from that massive spear. Devereaux turns around and doesn’t flinch at the sight of Nemesis standing there but instead smiles and nods his head, welcoming the challenge. The two men now begin exchanging rights and lefts and after about a dozen thrown by each man, Nemesis gets the dirty advantage with a quick jab to Devereaux’s throat. As Dick bends over forward clutching his neck, Nemesis moves in quick with a snap DDT.]

 

“The Doctor” Dante Reed – Nemesis with the advantage now after that questionable throat punch!

 

“Diamond” Dick Thrasher – Questionable? Look at the structure these two are in Dante, I don’t think a throat punch is really pushing the line!

 

[Nemesis now begins viciously and quickly stomping away at Devereaux’s upper chest and face, one after the other, followed by Nemesis dropping to his knees and choking Dick Devereaux with both hands screaming angrily in his face. Nemesis gets up and immediately rolls out of the ring. Nemesis goes to the apron, lifts it up and begins searching while Devereaux is just getting up, holding his throat after Nemesis’ focus on it so far. Nemesis emerges from under the ring apron with a chair but Devereaux is recovered and charges towards the ropes with a baseball slide that Nemesis sidesteps. Devereaux lands to the outside after the failed attempt at a baseball slide turns around and is smacked in the head by the steel chair in Nemesis’ hand.]

 

“The Doctor” Dante Reed – Nemesis is wasting no time getting foreign objects involved in this match up!

 

“Diamond” Dick Thrasher – This whole damn structure is a foreign object Dante!

 

[Instead of rearing back and smashing the chair into Dick some more, Nemesis instead angles it and drives it down, directly into the throat of Dick Devereaux, targeting it once again. Nemesis throws the chair down as Devereaux’s rolls around in agony clutching his throat yet again. Nemesis walks over to the ladder near them, closes it up and slides it into the ring. He then walks over to Dick Devereaux, brings him to his feet and goes to toss him into the ring but Devereaux throws a stiff elbow into Nemesis’ stomach, then another and another until Nemesis steps back. As he does, Devereaux lines him up, grabs Nemesis by the waist, lifts him off his feet a few inches and drives his lower back hard into the ring steps a few feet over to their left.]

 

“The Doctor” Dante Reed – Devereaux crashes nemesis into the steel steps!

 

[With Nemesis down, Devereaux picks one of the two folded up tables on the ground in front of him, unfolds it and stands it up on the ground. Dick grabs Nemesis and brings him up to his feet, lifts Nemesis up, turns him around and sends nemesis crashing through the table with a huge Double A Spinebuster as the crowd goes nuts!]

 

“Diamond” Dick Thrasher – Well, they’ve broken the first table Dante!

 

“The Doctor” Dante Reed – Dick Devereaux has sure turned the tide here on Nemesis!

 

[As Nemesis lies in the remains of the broken table, Devereaux gets up and rolls into the ring. He heads to the ladder, picks it up, unfolds it and centers it under the hanging Union Battleground Championship. Dick begins climbing the ladder as Nemesis begins getting to his feet. As Dick gets about halfway, Nemesis is in the ring now, he runs up the ladder on the same side Dick is, climbs up over a confused Devereaux, gets on his shoulders and nails a ridiculous reverse hurricanrana on Devereaux off of the ladder sending Dick landing awkwardly crashing to the mat on his neck as Nemesis crashes to the mat himself.]

 

HOLY SHIT! HOLY SHIT! HOLY SHIT!

 

“The Doctor” Dante Reed – OH MY GOD!

 

“Diamond” Dick Thrasher – I think he just broke his neck!

 

[Nemesis gets to his feet slowly and now begins ascending the ladder. Devereaux is now moving and starting to get up, seeing that Nemesis has begun to climb up. Dick takes a page out of Nemesis’ book and instead of climbing to meet him at the top, he goes to the side Nemesis is climbing, grabs Nemesis by the foot, comes under him and pulls him off in a powerbomb position. Devereaux runs and powerbombs Nemesis into the turnbuckle with so much force it causes Nemesis to whiplash back forward and slam to the mat on his stomach.]

 

“The Doctor” Dante Reed – What a ridiculous turnbuckle powerbomb by Dick Devereaux!

 

“Diamond” Dick Thrasher – Nemesis is definitely going to be feeling that one tomorrow!

 

[Dick is back up and rolls out of the ring to the side that still had two tables, unfolds both and props them up on the ground. As Devereaux turns back around after setting up the tables, he is met by Nemesis diving through the ropes that sends Devereaux crashing back first into the barbed wire chains of the chamber cutting him opening immediately!]

 

“Diamond” Dick Thrasher – I said there would be blood, didn’t I?

 

“The Doctor” Dante Reed – What a bold prediction Dick…

 

[With Dick writhing in pain on the outside, Nemesis grabs him by the head and tosses Dick Devereaux back into the ring. Nemesis follows Dick into the ring, is up to his feet and takes his time walking over to Devereaux. He begins taunting the Champion by flicking him in the head with his boot.  Nemesis then begins to stomp away in a far more serious matter, picks Devereaux up to his feet and sends him into the corner. Nemesis comes in with stiff right and left shots, and then proceeds to prop Devereaux up onto the top turnbuckle. Nemesis climbs up, standing right in front of Devereaux and looks back towards the two tables Devereaux set up earlier right outside of the ring.]

“The Doctor” Dante Reed – What is Nemesis thinking here??

 

“Diamond” Dick Thrasher – Couldn’t tell ya Dante but what I can tell you is it doesn’t look like it’s going to bode well for the Champ!

 

[Nemesis hops up onto Dick’s shoulders and goes to attempt a hurricanrana but Devereaux grabs Nemesis’ legs and holds on. Devereaux pulls Nemesis back towards him by the tights into a powerbomb position, stabilizes his footing on the top rope and then jumps off crashing Nemesis through the two tables on the outside with a Sit-Out Powerbomb!]

 

HOLY SHIT! HOLY SHIT! HOLY SHIT!

 

“The Doctor” Dante Reed – MY LORD! DEVEREAUX JUST BROKE NEMESIS IN HALF!

 

[Both men are on the outside and not moving much as the fans continue to go nuts after what they just saw. Devereaux is the first to start to stir as he slowly starts to get to his feet. Devereaux gets up and stumbles forward, catching himself on the apron, he then rolls in and begins to slowly make his way to the ladder.]

 

“Diamond” Dick Thrasher – Devereaux’s going for the Title Dante!

 

[Dick begins to climb up slowly as Nemesis is now to his feet on the outside. Nemesis hops up onto the apron, slowly climbs to the top turnbuckle and as Devereaux notices him, Nemesis jumps off and catches Dick on an angle where he Slingblades Dick right off of the ladder, sending both men crashing down to the mat!]

 

“The Doctor” Dante Reed – What an unbelievable amount of height Nemesis got there to Slingblade Dick Devereaux off of the ladder!

 

“Diamond” Dick Thrasher – He was two-thirds of the way up that 18-foot ladder Dante! That was almost superhuman!

 

[Nemesis is now to his feet and instead of climbing the ladder, he rolls to the outside to grab the last remaining table on the outside. He slides it back into the ring, comes back in himself and sets the table up near the ladder. Nemesis comes over to Dick, gets down and begins to pummel away at Dick’s face with stiff rights. Nemesis brings Dick back to his feet, walks him over to the table and lays him on it. Nemesis then quickly climbs the ladder, about 16 feet, turns around and looks down towards Devereaux who is still motionless on top of the table.]

 

“The Doctor” Dante Reed – This doesn’t look like it’s going to end well for either competitor here!

 

[Nemesis leaps off of the ladder as the lights and camera’s around the arena light him off and comes down on Dick Devereaux with a perfectly executed Shooting Star Press, destroying the table under the Champion into a bunch of pieces.]

 

BATTLEGROUND! BATTLEGROUND! BATTLEGROUND!

 

“The Doctor” Dante Reed – Nemesis is pulling out all the stops here to dethrone the Champion!

 

“Diamond” Dick Thrasher – I don’t know how either one of these guys are going to make it out of here Dante!

 

[After a minute or so of both men not moving much, Nemesis begins to make his way towards the ladder on both knees. He uses the ladder to leverage himself back up to his feet and begins climbing the ladder very slowly, foot by foot, rung by rung.]

 

“The Doctor” Dante Reed – This could be it!

 

“Diamond” Dick Thrasher – Nemesis sure is taking his sweet as time though!

 

[As Nemesis gets to the top of the ladder, Devereaux is up to his knee, looks and sees Nemesis near the Title. Nemesis reaches up, grabs a hold of the title and as he reaches to unhook it, Devereaux low blows Nemesis causing him to keel forward.  Devereaux gets under Nemesis, putting him in almost an Electric Chair position, then slides Nemesis down onto his back, jumps backwards, spinning in mid air and delivers the most ridiculous Backpack Stunner ever off the top of an 18 foot ladder causing Nemesis to flip backwards up against the ropes once they hit the mat.]

 

“The Doctor” Dante Reed – JESUS CHRIST!  SPINNING “PIPEBOMB” FROM THE TOP OF THE LADDER!

 

“Diamond” Dick Thrasher – No way Nemesis can get up from this now Dante!

 

[With Nemesis showing no signs of life, Dick gets to his feet, wounded and beaten from the war these two have just gone through. He grabs the ladder, looks over towards Nemesis, spits at him and starts the climb to the top but as he goes to take his first step a black arm with white skeleton bones on it bursts through the mat and grabs Dick by the ankle. Shocked and confused Dick looks down but it’s too late as another black skeleton bone arm comes up opening the hole even further, grabs Dick’s other leg and with one swoop pulls Dick into the abyss under the ring through the hole.]

 

“The Doctor” Dante Reed – What the hell!?!?!?

 

“Diamond” Dick Thrasher – What in the name of God just happened Dante??

 

[Nemesis is now moving, using the rope to get himself up to his feet. Once he does, he yells into the hole; “Bring him up here!”]

 

“The Doctor” Dante Reed – Who, or dare I ask, what is Nemesis giving instructions too?

 

[Just then, a lifeless, bloodied Dick Devereaux is tossed back up through the hole onto the mat, followed by a man decked out in white paint with thick black dreadlocks, covered in white skeleton outlines up and down his arms and necklaces made of bones and teeth around his neck.]

 

“Diamond” Dick Thrasher – What in the hell is that thing!?!

 

“The Doctor” Dante Reed – That’s former 4CW Extreme Champion Viduus Morta and it looks as if he too, like Alexander Devin earlier has joined the ranks of Salvation!

 

[Viduus picks Dick up and tosses him to Nemesis who, in one swift motion, puts Devereaux up into a Fireman’s Carry position, throws him up, drives his knee into Devereaux’s face and watches as Dick just collapses to the mat. Viduus comes over, holds Devereaux up on his knees while Nemesis steps back, runs forward and takes Dick’s head off with a vicious Kinshasa!]

 

“The Doctor” Dante Reed – They are brutalizing the Champion who has been completely out of it since Viduus pulled him down under the ring and did what he did to him!

 

“Diamond” Dick Thrasher – I guess they just want to make sure Dante!

 

[Nemesis, pleased with the beating he and Viduus just carried out begins to climb the ladder towards the Union battleground Championship.]

 

“The Doctor” Dante Reed – Well, it’s academic from here! Dick Devereaux has been robbed of his title!

 

“Diamond” Dick Thrasher – Anything goes in the 7th Circle of Hell Dante, Nemesis clearly had a plan from the moment he kidnapped Kuk Killswitch to draw Devereaux into this match!

 

[Nemesis gets to the top of the ladder as the boos begins to pour in heavily and the fans begin to throw their beverages and popcorn, furious at what has happened. Nemesis reaches up, unhooks the Union Battleground Championship and raises it high, screaming towards the skies. Nemesis climbs down with the ladder with the Title, as he places his boot on Dick Devereaux’s chest and raises the Union Battleground Championship, along with Viduus’ arm.]

 

[DING DING DING!]

 

Mike “Drop” Dempsey – Here is your winner, AND NEW Union Battleground Champion, Nemesis!

 

“The Doctor” Dante Reed – We have a new Union Battleground Champion folks and one can only imagine what is on the horizon for Union Battleground with the Championship now under Salvation’s control and their new additions of Viduus Morta and Alexander Devin!

 

“Diamond” Dick Thrasher – These guys mean business Dante, especially this Viduus guy, I never thought I’d see someone creepier then Nemesis but then this guy or thing or whatever he is came along! Salvation has grown exponentially stronger here tonight, which I didn't think could be possible!

 

“The Doctor” Dante Reed – I'd be lying if I didn't say I'm worried about the future of Union Battleground. Nemesis has made it clear that his intentions were to dismantle this company; and with the newest additions Morta and Devin, who's to say that it won't happen? And who's to say there won't be more joining the cause from even more promotions?! The horizon looks dark for the Battleground... Who can stop them?!

To be cOntinued...

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